I read a lot of self help books because I have a strong desire to continuously improve myself, especially now that I am in my 40s. The latest book I read was Peak Performance Principles for High Achievers by John R. Noe (1986). While a good book, it is filled with quite a bit of fluff and talks about climbing mountains and religion. Because neither of these subjects interest me, I was able to skim through the book in a night and take out all the information about becoming a high achiever. My notes didn’t even fill a full page, and there is no way I would waste anyone’s time trying to turn this information into a book, so here it all is.
Types of People
There are three types of people in the world.
The first are those who are complacent and don’t set goals that require effort. These people are satisfied living their lives fulfilling the goals set for them at work. Complacent people don’t strive for more and don’t go out of their way to achieve a higher goal. Self improvement is a waste of their time. They are content with the way things are.
Second, there are the achievers. Achievers are people who set and achieve goals that require a small amount of effort. They are willing to do a small to average amount of planning and work to meet goals that they set for themselves. Achievers strive to better themselves as long as the action causes little to no discomfort.
Finally, there are the high achievers. High achievers are people who set goals that take great effort and planning to reach. High achievers are known to set goals that seem almost impossible to reach, yet they strive and thrive on the challenge.
To Become a High Achiever
High achievers have a strong desire to reach high goals. They don’t wuss out at the first sign of a challenge. Instead, they meet challenges head on.
To become a high achiever, you first need to identify your imperfections. These are the things that are holding you back, and you need to overcome them. Your imperfections are mostly fears: the fear of success, the fear of failure, and the fear of being different from your peers.
You need to have a strong desire to reach hard-to-achieve goals and you must be willing and comfortable enough with yourself to spend a lot of time alone working towards your goal. No one else can reach your goals for you. You can enlist help, but the vision is yours alone. You own it.
You must be willing to step out of your comfort zone and experience new things. You will face the risk of rejection by family and peers because support and understanding of what you are trying to do will be nil to very limited.
High achievers plan and prepare for what they want. They set daily and weekly micro-goals for themselves that move them ever closer to their high goal. They take risks and get back up after a fall.
What a High Achiever is Not
Being a high achiever does not mean working yourself to the bone. Instead it means that you will be working smarter with a strong focus on your ultimate goal. Everything you do will be for your goal.
Always Setting and Reaching Goals
A high achiever might set learning a new language as a goal. This is something s/he will have to work towards and it is not an easy goal to achieve. As soon as the high achiever accomplishes the goal, s/he sets a new one, such as starting a new business.
High achievers never reach a goal and then suddenly quit. They continue to improve themselves and prove themselves to others. There’s no stop button to life, and the best way to live life is to continuously to move forward and upward. High achievers have a strong understanding of continual growth, and that is what helps them succeed.