If you’re someone who, like me, is driven to extract every ounce of your potential in this lifetime, then this blog post is for you. There was a time when I chased fame, fortune, and the extravagant lifestyle that came with it. But life had different plans for me.
Discovering the Illusion
I was all about the Lamborghini Bikini lifestyle, constantly striving to have it all and do it all. I was relentless in my pursuit of external success. However, life threw me a curveball that changed everything.
An illness left me unable to walk for three long months. As if that weren’t enough, I found myself drowning in a staggering $200,000 debt, on the verge of bankruptcy. It was during this dark period that I had a profound realization.
I came face-to-face with the ephemeral nature of material possessions. The investment properties, my car, and the other “stuff” I amassed disappeared in the blink of an eye. Yet, something remained.
What truly endured was the growth, transformation, and lessons learned from that experience. It was a pivotal moment that led me to redefine high performance.
Embracing Gifts in Disguise
I discovered that high performance is not solely about external accomplishments but about acknowledging the extraordinary gifts bestowed upon me by my family, the divine, and my community.
Sometimes, these gifts can appear in peculiar forms. They may come disguised as people who hurt or disappoint us, challenging our perception of their purpose. Yet, in hindsight, these encounters often serve as catalysts for personal growth, self-reflection, and the unveiling of hidden talents.
Action over Circumstances
One crucial lesson I learned from my journey is the significance of taking action. I realized that waiting for circumstances to change or for external resources to manifest can impede our progress.
So, I decided to start right where I stood, leveraging the resources within my reach to the best of my ability. High performance became synonymous with maximizing my intellect, connections, lessons learned, and personal character every single day.
The Mirror Test
I discovered that true high performance isn’t measured by the number of accolades or the size of our bank accounts. It is measured by the countless moments where we consciously choose our higher selves over short-term comfort.
By accumulating more instances of saying “yes” to our values, we cultivate a sense of pride in our journey as high performers. At the end of each day, we can look in the mirror and confidently proclaim, “I was a high performer today.”
The Journey of High Performance
High performance is not a destination; it’s an ongoing journey.
Every morning, I wake up with the opportunity to decide whether I will embrace my role as a high performer or not. I acknowledge my imperfections and understand that stumbling is part of the process.
What matters is the resilience to get back on track, to start fresh, and to keep pursuing high performance. It’s akin to the journey of fitness, where success lies in the continuous cycle of failing and beginning again.
This is my story—a story that unveils the essence of high performance. It’s about embracing our unique gifts, transforming challenges into opportunities, and making conscious choices aligned with our values.
High performance isn’t solely about external markers of success; it’s about the countless moments when we prioritize our higher selves over temporary comfort. So, let’s embark on our own journeys of high performance, commit to constant growth, and unlock our full potential.