High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way | Book Review

Posted by Amber Adams | Dec 7, 2017 | Reviews | 1 |

High Performance Habits is epic! It’s written by Brendon Burchard, who is the CEO of The High Performance Institute. Brendon spent 20 years studying High Performance Habits. After a 3-year study on people from all over the world, he discovered that high performance has nothing to do with age, gender, personality or geolocation. High Performance Habits is actually about developing the right habits, and you can do that using the 6 Pillars of Success.

I was stoked to read this because I suffer from depression and it tends to decrease my performance levels dramatically. I expected a few tips that would help me here and there in my day to day life, but instead I had huge absolute breakthroughs.

Here’s a breakdown of the 6 pillars:

1. Clarity

Brendon outlined four practical things to focus when you want gain clarity; self, skills, social, and service. He asked questions like “what your ideal self would look like” and “how you would like to behave socially.” I loved how all of these are future-based goal setting questions.

Some of my “ideal self” goals actually shocked me, like being “fit” and “positive” and “philanthropic.” Those had not come up for me when I was writing my surface goals (like assets, travel, and income). This was an epic exercise in clarity for me.

****10/10 recommend this exercise.

2. Generate Energy

High Performers are more likely to work out 3 to 5 times a week – moving in any way; they can (walk, box, swim). Average people feel wiped out by 2 or 3 p.m, but High Performers aren’t wiped out because they’ve mastered their transitions between tasks (such as meditating or working out during lunch). Planning your transitions more intentionally can generate more energy, which makes sense. I’m famous for taking 15-minute naps between activities, and it works like a friggin CHARM.

3. Raise Necessity

Make excellence your identity instead of a preference. It’s the key to activating your motivation and staying focused. My necessity is my Grandma’s legacy. This book recommends finding someone or something that motivates you to the point of necessity. This was a radical notion for me.

Brendon says your motivation can be your family, your team, your customers. Call on these motivators when you want to activate your A-Game, overcome fear or achieve your peak performance.

4. Increase Productivity

Prioritize your to-do list and know what to focus on- and what to say no to. I have a mood disorder, so I tend to keep an active task list divided by high and low energy. I have one primary goal every week and no more than three major tasks a day – which varies based on my energy levels.

5. Develop Influence

Become a resource for the people you love. Help people to approach things differently, and challenge them to grow.

6. Demonstrate Courage

High performers share their truth and ambitions more often than others. High performers have also identified someone to fight for (in raising necessity), and it’s more specific and personal than “change the world” and this gives them the strength to honor the struggle.

Essentially, High Performance means sustained success, productivity, and fulfillment – which is something that most people strive for- but struggle with. I highly recommend tHigh Performance Habits to anyone who wants to do some soul searching or gain some clarity. It did wonders for me, and I’m positive it will do the same for you, as long as you’re ready to do the work. I can’t say enough about High Performance Habits as it changed my life for the better.

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1 Comment

  1. Laurel Leaside

    I have seen this man’s work around the internet and wondered about him. After a review like this I will be sure to check him out!


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