There’s a difference between wanting to be a high-performance person and acting like one. The secret lies in your habits. What you do every day, without fail, marks the difference between smashing through goals and ceilings and feeling like you’re somehow missing the mark. There are countless distractions around and there always will be. They are no longer valid reasons for not performing. People just like you are moving past excuses and showing up, lapping everyone who isn’t concentrating.
Tiffany Julie is an experienced high-performance success coach and seven-figure entrepreneur who practices what she preaches. She helps her clients reprogram their mind for success, increase performance and level-up their energy so they achieve results in their life and extraordinary business. Yahoo Finance named her one of the world’s top ten success coaches, American Reporter named her top five and she regularly appears in Thrive Global and the High Performance Institute commenting on human performance.
Through her work with hundreds of ambitious entrepreneurs, Tiffany Julie has identified the five high-performance habits they share, which she teaches.
Practice being the best you
Creating exponential results and becoming a high performer starts with how clear you are on who you are,” explained Tiffany Julie. “Who do you have to be in order to accomplish what you want to accomplish?” What got you here likely won’t get you to the next level up, there’s no choice but to improve. Start by picturing the best version of you and then embody them as you go about your day.
Ask questions of this person, advised Tiffany Julie. “Are they bold, are they confident, are they a leader?” She teaches her clients to “identify three words to describe this new you and set an alarm on your phone five times a day to check-in and see if you’re acting as that person.” If not, she advised you to use the phone reminder as a pattern interrupt; a signal to change tack. The potential for this is huge, said Tiffany Julie, “Think about what you’d be able to create by bringing forward the best of you that often.”
Although setting huge goals and dreaming big is something we all do, it’s futile if we don’t have the energy to sustain them. “This will only lead to burnout,” said Tiffany Julie, who teaches her clients how to “generate energy consistently so they can sustain their results.” This is what high performance is all about. “Limitless energy is possible for all of us with the proper energy management system in place.” Imagine if every part of your work energized you: conversations, producing, selling, strategizing. You’d be unstoppable.
Tiffany Julie recommends entrepreneurs, “regularly generate energy from within by learning the methods of breath scaling, emotional freedom technique (EFT) tapping and meditation. Or even by closing their eyes, stretching, drinking water, getting out in nature, taking a walk, getting away from their computer screens and even jumping jacks.” Do one of these before setting up for the day and every time you feel a drop in your energy. A change in routine that incorporates one of these high energy actions can generate energy that transfers to your work.
Work in 50-minute blocks
“Now that you’re clear on the goals you want to achieve, who you have to be every day, and how to generate energy, you are ready to reach the next level in productivity.” Although it’s embedded within business jargon, productivity has its place, because if you don’t know how to be effective you’ll simply waste time, and “time is a non-renewable resource.”
Tiffany Julie advises that you work in 50-minute time blocks followed by ten minutes to recover and reset. She wears by time tracking, for ultra-high awareness as to where every block of time is going. Entrepreneurs often finish a day feeling like they were busy but not effective. This is because they don’t realize how long they are spending on non-essential tasks or other people’s priorities. “That feeling is coming from doing busy work and not needle-moving activities that matter to your desired outcome. By tracking your time you’ll be able to see more clearly where your focus has been.” Take control of your minutes and hours and your days will follow.
Notice and move past self-sabotage
Are your inner thoughts helping or hindering you? Tiffany Julie knows, “we all have the negative committee that wants to show up and talk us out of what we’re doing,” but warns that “if we buy into the lies our mind wants to tell us then we’re being a victim to our thoughts instead of the creator of them.” The thoughts you think directly relate to the results you create, and every thought is crucial to the performance of current and future you.
“When you think a thought, it activates an emotion that causes you to take or not take an action,” explained Tiffany Julie. “If you think you aren’t good enough, you won’t feel good about yourself, and the low energy will move you away from taking action for fear that you really aren’t good enough.” Awareness is key. “Become aware of when self-sabotage shows up and change the conversation. Rather than ‘I’m not good enough,’ try something further up the energy scale to contentment, such as, ‘I am open to believing I might be good enough.’ Change the conversation you have with yourself to one of openness and possibility.
Transitioning between tasks is open to abuse. The best laid plans could be uprooted by carrying your last conversation or assignment with you to the next. “Every task we move to and from is a transition,” said Tiffany Julie, who sees intentionally working on your transitions as “the easiest way to level-up your performance.” Moving from one thing to another, by default means, “keeping many loops open in your mind, which can decrease cognitive load by up to 30 percent, compromising your focus and effectiveness.”
Tiffany Julie has a tactic for closing these loops and transitioning like a high performer. “Think of your mind as a computer with too many apps open, running slowly as it whirrs through every program.” Working in time blocks allow you to be more intentional with your transitions from task-to-task, as does this release exercise that Tiffany Julie teaches her clients. “Try taking a moment before moving on to the next thing. Close your eyes and repeat the word ‘release’. Visualize all the conversations, people, tasks and projects falling away from you and visualize drawing your power back to you.” Performing this exercise will help you move into the next segment of your day with your full attention and focus.
Practice operating how the best do by showing up as the optimum you throughout the day, generating your own energy, working in chunks of 50-minutes, changing the conversations in your head and closing loops before switching tasks. If nothing changes, nothing changes. Edit your habits in small, effective ways to change your energy, transform who you are and reach the next level of what you can achieve.