12 Steps to Power Performance
Setting a Goal
When we want to achieve a goal, we first need to know exactly what goal we want to achieve. This goal can be a "micro goal" – a milestone on the way to achieve the greater goal – or a "dream".
Like in sports, we need to set a goal that is quantifiable and manageable (e.g. running 5 miles). We need to pick a goal that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
That way, we ensure we can reach it, and maximize our chances of achieving it!
Assessing the Situation
After we’ve decided on our goal, the next step is to understand exactly where to begin. Figuring out the location of the "starting line" is just as important as knowing where the "finish line" is.
In sports, we need to assess the shape we’re in before we sign up for a race.
We can conduct a test and assess the situation by using the SWOT model (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat).
By doing this, we make sure we are IDEAL and REALISTIC, as well as prepared.
Setting a Suitable Goal
Now that we know where we’re beginning and ending, we’re aware of the gap that we’ll need to overcome in order to achieve our goal and make our dream (or some of it) come true.
It is extremely important to set a logical goal that suits our current abilities. For example, I shouldn’t start by running a marathon if I'm a beginner. I should start by running 2 miles.
However, we can always take the strategy of "stretched goals" and try to maximize the outcome and performance by setting higher standards than our current abilities allow.
Now the next question: How do we overcome the gap between the starting point and the finish line?
This is when the next step comes into action, and it is about planning. In other words:
COMING UP WITH AN ACTION PLAN.
Like with a training plan or a business plan, we need to lay out the important steps we need to take in order to achieve our final goal. We should also consider the right strategy, tactics, and have a back-up plan.
Setting a big goal and coming up with a big plan can be frightening, and sometimes this can decrease our motivation.
So, in order to be more motivated and organized, we’ll break down the "big target" into "micro goals", and those will be our new milestones. Think about self-made, successful business people, or people who ran a marathon or lost a lot of weight.
They all started with only one step, and kept on moving until they reached their destination.
Self-awareness is a key quality of successful people.
It is vital to acknowledge our range of abilities and skills – knowing which parts are stronger and which parts are weaker will help us decide what to empower in order to maximize our chances at achieving our goal.
Self-awareness is also about being honest with yourself and knowing what your limitations are. So you fight hard, but smart.
There is a direct relationship between pressure and performance: When people experience the right amount of pressure, they deliver their best work. However, if the challenge or pressure too great – or not enough – their performance is liable to suffer and decline.
By facing daily challenges or adapting to them as a way of life, we develop and build confidence, which acts as one of the greatest motivators and limitation-banishers for people who want to change their behavior and be more empowered.
"People who have attained excellence follow a consistent path to success." – Tony Robbins
Self-discipline – or grit – is the main predictor of success in long term goals.
All great successes in life are preceded by long, sustained periods of focused effort on the single, most important goal, with the determination to stick with it until it is fulfilled.
The Ultra Leadership Method teaches 3 energetic tools to improve persistence.
"When you are at your most difficult point, when you are at a crossroad and you must decide whether to continue or back down, that is when the real test begins..." – Ashmoret Mishal
Through endurance training, we can adapt and improve our coping strategies and tools in order to overcome challenges and difficulties.
The Ultra Leadership Method teaches 4 psychological tools to improve coping techniques.
Revisiting our progress and condition is important in ensuring the achievement of our chosen goals.
It is essential to be focused and goal-oriented, but it is nonetheless a vital and key action to keep track of our ongoing journey – checking that we are still going in the right direction, and at the same time able to adapt to changes.
Therefore, we must be willing to reset our goals if necessity arises.
Many times, it is far harder to handle peak events or the desired success than a failure.
As we saw in Step 5 – Milestones, big goals carry risks. At least, that's how our unconscious mind is likely to perceive them, since success means change and uncertainty more than failure does.
The Ultra Leadership Method provides a mind control technique as a part of the mental preparation.
When we set goals and achieve them, it usually means that we develop a higher sense of internal locus of control, self-realization, and a sense of meaning in life.
Yet it is important to remember:
"If you are going to succeed in life and consequently be fulfilled, then you must face the disappointments and failures that life deals you, and discover the value inherent in them... Use those setbacks as opportunities to grow so that they may venture forward toward future success."
– Cherie Carter-Scott, "If Success Is The Game, These Are The Rules"