It seems like many of us are confused by the concept of success.
Success often hides under the guise of a sharp Tom Ford suit, a server popping champagne bottles on club tables, or a businessman who gets more notifications from his work app than his own friends or family. Distracted by the illusion of success, we often forget that it buds from the core of our imagination; that we already have a bit of it built into ourselves, and everyone has to start somewhere.
So, in the spirit of performing at our fullest potential — and maybe even exceeding the expectations we set for ourselves — we’ve compiled five high performance hacks to help you find success.
1. Boost your I.Q.
A post-secondary education certainly makes for a great foundation, but if you’ve decided upon your chosen field, commit to it by endlessly learning. Doing so will make you an asset in any company you choose. Broaden your scope of understanding; go to workshops, try networking events, attend seminars. You’re a confident person who likes to take control of your future, so further your career outlook with the goal of never losing your passion. There’s a reason why they say education is the only thing that no one can ever take away from us.
2. Sweat it out
Compare your career drive to your exercise regime — when you push yourself, you get motivated to stretch beyond your limits. Research shows that, besides making you buff, exercising increases your mental drive to achieve things. It’s been proven to boost your mental state. It gives you improved concentration, a sharper memory, the ability to learn faster, prolonged mental stamina, enhanced creativity, and lowered stress. All of these can take your job performance from good to great.
3. Work hard, play hard
A strong motivator can really impact how we perform during the nine to five. If earning that bonus to purchase your dream car means a few late nights at the office, then it’s well worth it. Investing in a top-notch brand also means quality, and that sets the tone for everything else in your life. Take care of your investments and take pride in the little luxuries you’ve earned. Rewarding your hard work in this way is sure to add balance to your life.
4. Make smart purchase decisions
Being financially savvy isn’t something you can keep putting off. Learn how to manage money right away since it’s better to mess up earlier rather than later. Do whatever it takes to meet your goals. Try making a vision board to reach your goal of buying a car, motorcycle, apartment, boat, house… anything. That can become your toolkit, allowing you to reverse engineer your goals and implement a strategy. Does your career allow for you to make enough money? Will you ever be able to invest? Set yourself up for success from the very beginning.
5. Stay in touch
If you’re focused on success, then there’s a good chance that you’ll get it. Just don’t leave the people who helped you get there behind. Keep in close touch with your family and friends — they watched (with patience) as you went from the bottom to the top. Always give the other person the time of the day. Remember that you started from somewhere, and their help is what made you become the high-performing superstar you are today.