High Performance Habits Review

Sep 18, 2017

This month, Brendon Burchard, the CEO of High Performance Institute, has a new book releasing titled, "High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way."

Burchard published free excerpts of his book here, and the first three chapters of the audiobook here.

He also posted his methodology chapter for the book here.

Below is the official publisher summary, and our favorite quotes from the book. Full disclaimer: as Burchard is the CEO of HPI, we benefit from the sales of his book by increased awareness to our programs.

Publisher Summary of High Performance Habits

fter extensive original research and a decade as the world’s highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits, and you win. Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle.

We all want to be high performing in every area of our lives. But how? Which habits can help you achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality? To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage. These are the personal and social habits that are proven to help you excel. This book is about the art and science of how to practice these proven habits.

If you do adopt any new habits to succeed faster, choose the habits in this book because they are statistically more powerful than almost 100 other habits. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers.

Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now.

HIGH PERFORMANCE HABITS is a science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life. Best of all, you can measure your progress. A link to a professional assessment is included in the book for free.

 

Favorite Quotes from High Performance Habits

"Life is precious beyond words, and when you get a second chance-and every morning, every decision, can be that second chance- take a moment to define who you really are and what you really want."

"What's achievable is not always what's important."

"Certainty is the fools dream."

"High performance refers to succeeding beyond standard norms, consistently over the long term."

"You simply can't beat the norms if you've driven yourself into the ground."

"The high performance life is about experiencing an ongoing feeling of full engagement, joy, and confidence that comes from being your best self."

"I care that you succeed and have a healthy life full of positive emotions and relationships."

"High performance is not about getting ahead at all costs. It's about forming habits that help you both excel in and enrich the full spectrum of your life."

" High performers look forward to trying new things and they believe in their abilities to figure things out. They don't shirk from challenge and that no only helps them progress in life but it inspires those around them."

"We must see beyond what comes naturally to us, and develop into what we must be in order to grow, serve, and lead."

"High performers don't just develop skill; they develop people."

"High performance isn't a natural strength; it's the result of a specific set of deliberate habits."

"When you knock on the door of opportunity, do not be surprised when it is Work who answers."

"In improving your life, ease is not the point; growth is the point."

"Real success- holistic, long-term success- doesn't come from doing what's natural, certain, convenient, or automatic. Often, the journey to greatness begins the moment our preference for comfort and certainty are overruled by a greater purpose that requires challenge and contributions."

"Often, the journey to greatness begins the moment our preference for comfort and certainty are overruled by a greater purpose that requires challenge and contributions."

"Don't ever let anyone discourage you from your ambition for a better life. Don't minimize yourself of your dreams for any reason. It's okay that you want more. Don't fear your new ambitions. Just understand how to reach for them with more focus, elegance, and satisfaction."

"Don't ever let anyone discourage you from your ambition for a better life."

"To succeed, always remember that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

"Success is achieved not by a specific type of person but rather by people from all walks of life who enact a specific set of practices."

"The HP6 are under your control and improve your performance more than anything else."

"Seek clarity on who you want to be, how you want to interact with others, what you want, and what will bring you the greatest meaning."

"Demonstrate courage by expressing your ideas, taking bold action, and standing up for yourself and others, even in the face of fear, uncertainty, threat, or changing conditions."

"Courage is not an occasional act, but a trait of choice and will."

"Effectiveness in life does not come from focusing on what is automatic, easy, or natural for us. Rather, it is the result of how we consciously strive to meet life's harder challenges, grow beyond our comforts, and deliberately work to overcome our biases and preferences, so that we may understand, love, serve, and lead others."

"In a complex and rapidly changing world, reaching the top doesn't come naturally to anyone. Regardless of what you are naturally good at, to rise higher you must go beyond what came naturally to you at birth."

"Regardless of what you are naturally good at, to rise higher you must go beyond what came naturally to you at birth."

"To reach exceptional performance and win over the long term, you will be required to develop well beyond what is easy or natural to you, because the real world is full of uncertainty and ever increasing demands for growth."

" To rise to high performance, you'll have to work on the weaknesses, develop entirely new skill sets beyond what you find easy or what you 'like to do.'


"If you really want to make your mark, you'll have to grow more to give more, and that won't feel easy or natural."

"What we do with what we have tends to be far more important than what we have in the first place. What you're innately good at is less important than how you choose to see the world, develop yourself, lead others, and remain persistent through difficulty."

"By seeking clarity, you develop a habit of asking questions, looking within, observing your behaviors, assessing whether you're on track."

"To be fully immersed in what you are doing, you must enjoy what you are doing, and must have confidence in your ability to figure things out."

" You should never wait to pursue a dream or add value out of fear that you lack the 'right stuff.' High performance happens because of what you deliberately think and do on a routine basis in order to excel and serve at higher levels."

" High performance happens because of what you deliberately think and do on a routine basis in order to excel and serve at higher levels."

... and those are just from the first two chapters of High Performance Habits!

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