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5 Ways to Become a High-Achiever

5 Ways to Become a High-Achiever

To stay in flow:

1. When you begin a venture, the challenge of it keeps you revved up so that you can keep on humming along at extraordinary levels. As you become more skilled, the challenge is reduced. You might feel like you’re losing your edge. If you’re bored, handicap yourself. For instance, time yourself while doing tasks, be more critical about quality, add a more difficult element, start another division to your company or design a new product.

2. Entrepreneurs are notorious for overloading their plates. But, high-achievers have an instinctive feel for when enough is enough and they find a way to get the work done by offloading tasks. They surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are in a variety of disciplines. If you’re feeling anxious, get help or take a break (you may have reached your breaking point and need a breather). Whatever you do, don’t be a martyr and let the anxiety overwhelm you.

3. There is an interesting phenomenon that takes place when people get really, really bored. They circle back around to anxiety and find themselves trapped on a hamster wheel going nowhere. If you’re feeling gnawing, unspecific anxiety and bored, it might be time to change directions entirely. It’s time to rethink your life and professional goals.

4. Paradox alert! Work through the tedium. Much of what you need to do to become a superstar is repetitive – it will be boring. But there are those things you have to do in order to do what you want to do. For instance, you might not like getting into the bug-dirt around accounting, but if you’re going to run a finely tuned company, it’s something you have to push yourself to understand. Being bored is often a signal that you’re doing something that is not interesting to you, but be smart enough to know when it’s required of you, and then keep on going.

5. Stay a little longer. Olympic Gold medalist, Peter Vidmar led the men’s U.S. Olympic gymnastics team to its first team gold medal in 1984. He also scored a perfect ten to win gold on the pommel horse. He’ll tell you the difference between his performance and that of his competitors’ was miniscule – tenths of a point. What was his secret to edging out the other athletes? He stayed an extra 15 minutes after practice and did his routine one more time. Stay and practice a little longer and eventually it adds up to your own version of a gold medal. Read one more article, take one more class, have one more discussion or call one more prospect.

Flow isn’t just for pro athletes. It’s for anyone who wants to get to the next level. It’s not as hard you might think to be a high-achiever. Pay attention to your emotional state everyday and adjust your skills and challenges accordingly. Stay just a little longer while everyone else is throwing in the towel. Succeed beyond your dreams. The gift you get from this new awareness is profound. It’ll reignite your passion.