So often, managers and leaders are concerned about raising the performance of their employees and rarely consider what it would take to up their own personal performance. You are undoubtedly good at what you do and do it well, so it appears difficult to identify how you could possibly raise your own level of performance?
So we’re going to look into this territory and ask – what would it take to raise your personal performance and how good could it get for you?
To start, let’s conduct a brief audit –
- Are you clear on what your purpose is for working? Why do you work?
Is it just about the money – or what other reasons do you have for doing what you do?
Does your life have meaning and purpose beyond delivering projects at work?
Do these reasons inspire or motivate you, or do they create a burden that weighs you down?
- What is your vision for your life?
Do you have goals that relate to you – your life, your well-being, your family, your future? Do you have the possibility of drawing energy, motivation and meaning for your life outside work? What are the issues or areas that have significance for you and what part will you play in them?
- What principles or values do you have that inform how you will do what you do?
Are these clear in you?
Can you explain them to others – e.g. your peers or those you lead/manage?
Are these organising principles that enable you to make decisions quickly, that form a framework of reference that can help and support others?
- Are you living a life in integrity with your purpose, your vision and your values?
Are you taking actions to make real your goals and move forward in those significant areas?
Whose values, vision or purpose are you living, if not yours? Are these another person’s eg your CEO or your organisation’s?
If you’re not acting in integrity with your purpose, your vision and your values, it is possible that you are behaving in ways that are hateful to you and this will, sooner or later, lead to self-sabotage, self and others deception, feeling lost or stuck or disease of various kinds.
If, having conducted this audit you have clear answers to all of the above and are behaving in congruence with your answers – well done! You’re quite likely to be operating at the peak of your personal performance.
If you’re vague, woolly or unsure of your answers, have studiously avoided asking yourself these questions, then you need a coach skilled in the Four Keys to hold your feet to the fire to help you determine answers to these very important areas.
When you connect to your inner self, the deeper, real reasons why you do what you do, you will experience a blast of energy, confidence and commitment that will shock you. Your life will become meaningful beyond the norm of everyday thinking and you will naturally deliver better performance and better results, not just in yourself, but your impact on your peers and your employees.
If you’d like the assistance of an expert coach to conduct you through the Four Keys and help you identify your unique purpose, vision and principles, call us.