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What is High Performance?

What exactly is “High Performance”?  Let’s start with the definition:

High Performance:  (adjective) better, faster, more efficient than others.*

The first question that comes to my mind when considering the above definition is: what is meant by “others”?  We can easily expand upon the “others” in the definition above, and define “others” to mean “standard norms”.  Therefore High Performance is something that is better, faster, and more efficient than standard norms.  High performance in and of itself is out of context without an accompanying noun.  Specifically, when I talk about high performance, the context I’m applying it to is living a high performance life; being a high performance person.

I am curious as to what the responses would be if I asked 20 people to identify who they thought was a high performing individual and why they thought so.  Would it be a pro athlete, a top corporate executive, someone who is very skilled and experienced at doing one or more particular tasks or talents? What aspects of one’s day-to-day life would even make sense to evaluate through the lens of high performance?  Simply put:  What does high performance even look like?

Taking a step back, anyone could be a high performing Mother or Father to their children, a high performing executive, a high performing student, and so on as high performance is not exclusive to any particular role.  High performance however is exclusive to showing up differently in a role than most others, or the “norms”.

What does different look like?  Stay tuned for future posts and visit to learn more.