High performers: attributes & characteristics

Let me break this down here. A characteristic of every high performer I’ve interacted with is someone who’s adhered to a structure with a level of discipline that has created habits that have become fundamentally ingrained into their personality, and their life. That’s a significant marker.

When I’m looking for high performers, yes I look for mental toughness and physical toughness, but the ultimate test of high performance to me is, someone who has integrated the physical and the mental, and also the talent aspect of what they bring. That’s when the magic happens.

It’s one thing to be physically tough and be mentally tough but when someone brings an ability to apply their talent with that, that’s an X-factor attribute that gives people the ability to express their fullest potential, not just do a task exceptionally well.

A major attribute of high performers is they elevate their performance beyond their comfort zone habitually. They love learning, adapting, leading themselves and others through uncertain opportunities, and therefore a degree of unpredictability that goes hand in hand with this.

High performers are self-aware to know who they are now and who they’re aspiring to be, so humble enough to let go of the old and be open to embracing ‘the new’.

Finally, they’re consistently courageous – so open to try, try, and try again.

Absolutely these are high performance employee behaviors, and I look to model this myself. I want to attract as much of these people around me as possible.

The greatest benefit of high performance is you actually get to experience your potential and that is a feeling of being insatiably fulfilled, full to overflowing with inner satisfaction.

When you’re reaching your potential you get into those zones where you’re like, “Oh my God, I didn’t think I could do this. I’m better than I thought I was. Wow, I’m actually quite good at this”.

For me, when you get into those high performance zones you get to express your potential at the highest level, at the most inspirational level for yourself, for your family and your friends.

Take up the challenge – reach your potential!

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Kerwin Rae