55. Bonus Episode – High Performing Habits Book Review part 2
September 27, 2019
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Welcome back to the podcast!
In episode 49, I talked through the PQO (prolific quality output) that I learned about from Brendon Buschard’s book High Performing Habits.
Like I said in that episode, this book is one that I’m going to have to read at least 10 times before I really grasp all of the habits and are able to put them into place.
I wanted to talk about another habit and tidbit that I learned about in today’s podcast episode.
High Performance Habit #6 is to demonstrate courage.
When I look back, I can think of a few times that I was scared but did it anyway. Starting my business. Quitting my job. Applying for my MBA. Finishing my MBA. Starting this podcast. Going to networking events. Meeting new clients. Letting clients go.
All of these things took courage. I think courage is a scale and it’s different for everyone. Obviously, some things are going to be courage for anyone, but some tasks are more difficult for certain individuals.
I would even say that posting on Facebook for the first time about my business was courageous for me. I was terrified of what people would say and think of me, but I decided to do it scared and it wasn’t so bad once it was done.
On page 255, Brendon Buschard starts talking about demonstrating courage to be a high performer.
There is a high correlation between high performers and those who demonstrate courage. You really can’t grow or move beyond yourself if you always do the same thing, never take a risk and never try something new.
I like what he says on page 259, “Demonstrating courage doesn’t mean you have to save the world or do something grandiose. Sometimes, it means taking a first step toward real change in an unpredictable world.” And “high performers report taking action despire fear much more than others do.”
Courage is a skill. You can learn to be courageous by being courageous.
My question for you is this: what do you need to be courageous about especially in your business?
Do you need to focus on sales and that terrifies you?
Do you need to be making Instagram stories for your audience but you’re afraid of having your face on camera?
Do you need to look at your numbers, but it’s been so long that you’re afraid of what you’ll see?
Do you need to fire a client whose not ideal for your business?
Do you need to ask for help?
Do you need to find a new challenge because you’re bored?
Do you need to work harder?
Do you need to invest in a program that will challenge you?
Do you need to find a mentor?
Do you need to go to networking events to help bring in more clients?
Some of those things may seemed like no big deal for you and others may seemed terrifying.
I’m not one who likes to go to networking events or do ‘sales’ type things, but I have to for my business. To start doing this I invested in a group coaching program all around sales to help push me towards making courageous steps that my business needs.
I see some business owners never be courageous or never grow or never step outside of their comfort zone and eventually their business either never grows or it dwindles away.
ON page 263, he sums it up really well by saying, “The important thing is that you define what being more courageous means to you, and start living that way.”
What does more courageous for you look like?
How can you start living that way?
I would love to hear what more courageous looks like from your perspective. We can cheer each other on in our private facebook group, or you can send me an email. I’d love to hear about it.
I’d be honored to work with you. To get started, email me at email@example.com with the problem you’re having and we can discuss the best way to get to a solution.
I would love to connect with you. You can find me on Instagram @lydia.miller.mba and always by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So until next time, go, make it happen.