Top performers are a different breed. Im not sure if theyre born or made, but they use their personal narratives to find the inspiration to make an impact in the world. Theyre passionate about their purpose. They connect easily with others. Theyre respectful to everyone, subordinate and superior alike. And theyre adept at having fun, even when the heat is on and the stress is palpable. Somehow their confidence and resolve get them through.
Ive worked with top performers. Ive had the great fortune to coach with high performers. Heres what theyve taught me about excelling in life:
Top performers are wonderful at creating a memorable first impression. They understand the subtleties of working their verbal and nonverbal signals to telegraph their availability, interest in others, appetite for life.
Top performers enjoy what they are doing. Theyre passionate about their purpose. They recognize lifes fragility and move through the setbacks with resolve. Dont misunderstand me: these people have had their share of curveballs. The difference is that they knew when to swing and when to duck.
Top performers are curious. They love to learn new things. Theyre interested in knowing what makes other people "tick" and they use that probing manner to acquire information, the coin of the realm.
Top performers look good. Were not talking beauty contests here but a polished, supremely confident appearance enhances their power and persuasion abilities. They use their packaging wisely.
Top performers think like race car drivers. They know they can accelerate into a curve, using the cars momentum for control and velocity. The metaphor holds for everything you do move forward with confidence and competence, giving life everything youve got.
Top performers are excellent communicators. Theyre gifted listeners. Theyre adept at separating the context from the content. They welcome dissent. And most importantly, theyre fully present so the speaker feels respected and acknowledged.
Top performers build great teams. They inspire collegiality and cooperation. They empower others to achieve and be the best at what they do. Theyre unafraid of showing their true authentic self, warts and all.
And finally, top performers are fun to be with. They filter lifes vicissitudes through the lens of irony, humor, jest and a healthy dollop of self-deprecation. They work hard and they laugh even harder. Its no wonder theyre at the top of their game.