Peak performers may be individuals who are at the
top of their game and hold leadership roles in
their respective organizations.
Or, they may be individuals who are considered leaders
regardless of the actual position or title they hold.
In any case, they do more than what is required or
expected of them and experience success and
fulfillment in return.
What Does It Take To Be a Peak Performer?
Surprisingly, the qualities that make peak
performers so special and enable them to reach
such heights, are easily defined:
- Peak performers are passionate about what they do.
This quality is absolutely critical. While it’s a common
belief that passion is essential to really moving ahead in
the world, it’s rare to see truly passionate people at work.
While many are committed to their workplace professionally,
few are actually passionate about what they do.
So where does passion come from? Passion cannot be
externally manufactured, it has to come from within.
Consider the feeling of joy. Nobody can tell us to be joyful;
joy is a spontaneous and personal emotion that has to
come from within.
Passion comes from purpose and until you have
clarified your purpose, it is very difficult to be
passionate about anything.
So how do you define your purpose, and therefore
your passion? You may be doing something because
it’s upbeat, it’s profound, it’s exhilarating, or it’s motivating
Whatever it is, it’s your unique purpose that drives passion.
When we are open to the depths of our experience and in
touch with our purpose, we feel both joy and passion.
- Peak performers give 100% in everything they do.
They are passionate as a result of the
passion they possess. When you are passionate
about something, it is easy to give all that you
have and, as a result, you will experience more
abundance in your life.
Peak performers give 100% to their family, 100% to
their friends, 100% to their work and 100% to life in general.
- Peak performers maintain a serious commitment
to what they do.
While still having fun and experiencing joy in life,
overall Peak Performers take life seriously. At work,
they are earnest, thoughtful and highly determined.
As a result of their focus and intensity, peak performers
have a better grasp of “the big picture”.
They have a much wider perspective and don’t suffer from
the limitations of being self-centered.
- Peak performers are experts.
Becoming an expert requires three essential elements:
openness, interest and curiosity:
- The first element is maintaining an openness to
new information and experiences.
Many of us think that since we’ve been to college or university,
accumulated years of experience at work, or have “been
there, done that”, we already know everything.
But we don’t; we only know a small part of it, so keeping
an open mind is paramount.
- The second element is interest. This means being
interested in what you don’t already know and
finding out more.
- The third element is curiosity. Children have
all the three qualities it takes to be peak
performers. They are open and interested in new
Fascinated and curious, they constantly
ask, “why?” or “how does this work?” We each start
out with these essential qualities, but they
become suppressed as we become adults.
It’s important to toss aside any fears holding us back
and revive our curiosity.
- Peak performers exhibit excellent communication
Peak performers communicate effectively at
all levels, both verbally and non-verbally. They
express themselves clearly and concisely, listen
carefully and are aware of their articulation when
- Peak performers make good decisions.
The best way to learn how to make good decisions
is to make decisions! The more you make, the more
You will certainly make mistakes along the way,
but don’t let that deter you because each mistake
represents an opportunity to learn.
So how do you make better decisions? Become more
consciously aware of the decisions you make, even
small ones, then evaluate them.
How did I do? How can I improve? At the end of each day,
evaluate how the day went. Ask yourself, “How was work
today? Did I live according to my purpose?” If so,
If not, ask yourself, “What can I do better tomorrow?”
Then come up with a plan that wraps up the day,
and proposes what the next day will look like.
By improving in any one of these areas, you will
be one step closer to being a peak performer and
experiencing a more meaningful life.
- Over the next 30 days, clarify your purpose in
life and what makes you inspired and passionate.
- Then, find out how to integrate that purpose at
work, at home and in life.
- Document the changes that you notice in how you
feel, your relationships with others (both at work
and at home), and your general sense of
Until we next connect, I wish you good luck and I
look forward to hearing of your success!