I heard a good quote. I wish I had fully understood it earlier in life. Like many people in life, I counted too much on natural talent or searched too much for the home-run solutions. Here’s the quote:
“There are no high performance people only high performance habits.”
For as long as I can remember, I would have agreed with that quote, but living it is the key. I wanted the rock hard abs like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV. I really did. Unfortunately, my eating habits were much more in line with Chris Farley in Tommy Boy.
Sylvester Stallone didn’t get that way after one good workout or one good day or even month of eating right. He sacrificed daily. I’ve heard him talk about his eating and workout habits especially during those times. They were high performance habits for sure!
We can’t have it both ways. We can’t perform at high levels with poor habits. It may work to be average at something. Our talents may help us slide by, but to perform at the higher levels at anything we have to pay attention to our habits.
Are you trying to be a high performer without the high performer’s habits?