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How can I Improve My Performance?

How can I improve my performance?

How can you improve your performance?

Question: Do you think that you have reached the peak of your possible potential? Or rather would you like to think that you have yet to discover and actualise the true extent of your powers?

Are you as good as you can get, or have you got more potential waiting to be used?

I expect that you are saying that you do, indeed, have more potential, that is waiting to be used.

You could get better.

My point is this: if you could get better, then you should get better.


You should strive to actualise your full potential for achievement because, if you do actualise all of your potential, then, that would be:

  • Good for you.
  • Good for your family.
  • Good for business.
  • Good for everybody.

And conversely, if you were to fail to actualise the full potential then can you imagine the loss suffered by yourself, your family, your business and everyone around you?

Your potential is your asset. You potential is your "ace up your sleeve". The winning card that you have not yet played, in the game of life.

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How can you actualise your full potential?

Here are the steps.

Step one: Recognise that you have, so far, tapped a tiny proportion of your genetic potential

Inside your cells is your DNA. In that DNA is encoded a set of instructions that, if put into practice, could make you faster, stronger, richer, more productive. You are far more capable than your current performance suggests. You are using a fraction of your potential power. Your job is to make a conscious decision to discover and use the untapped potential that is already encoded into each one of your cells.

DECIDE to release your full potential and see how much is really there.

Step Two. Demand more from yourself by setting a worthwhile and ambitious goal

Your potential can only be actualised by placing a specific demand upon yourself by means of choosing a high level goal; one that will demand from you the best of your efforts, the fullest use of your powers, and the greatest demand on your genetic resources. Nature always conserves energy: it will only give you energy if you demand it.

If you demand energy then your body will supply it. So, if you demand energy by going for a run, then your body will supply the energy and you will feel more energetic. But if you lie on the couch you will feel sluggish.

You can only actualise your potential demanding more from yourself.

In practical terms, that demand must take the form of a giant, ambitious and worthwhile goal.

Pick a goal, the achievement of which will be simultaneously, good for you, good for your family, good for business, and good for the people around you.

Choose to stretch yourself by selecting an ambitious and worthwhile goal.

Write the goal down and commit to it.

Step three. Gather your team around you and formulate a detailed plan of action

Your goal will, by definition, be not an easy task. Winning is not easy. So you need to think carefully about how you are going to win. You should gather your team around you (your team may be your work colleagues, or your friends, or your family) and together, you should formulate a detailed plan of action that will lay out the steps that you will need to take in order to achieve your goal, or at least to move towards the achievement of your goal.

The truth is that if your goal is ambitious enough you may not know, at the beginning, how to achieve it. That is okay. Then make a plan that will take you in the direction of your goal.

Step four. Take the first steps

As you progress towards the goal you will gain insights and knowledge that will make the subsequent steps clearer. These subsequent steps are invisible from the starting point. Therefore, it is imperative that you do not allow the fact that you don't know how to achieve your goal from stopping you. You must make advancements, as far as you can, with your existing knowledge and resources, and you will find that, as you take the initial steps, that new knowledge and better resources will come into view, and the next steps can only then be taken.

It important thing is that you set the goal, and that you form a team of like minded people, and that you start to make progress with what you have already got, and from where you are, now.

Don't wait. Don't complain you don't have the resources that others have got.

Use what you have got and more will come later.

Step five. Learn from your mistakes

As you progress, you will find that you hit setbacks, have disappointments, upsets and failures. Many times you will fail. Many, many times you will fail.

Don't worry. This is normal. This is to be expected. The reason that you fail is that you are human being and human beings do not have god like knowledge.

If you knew everything, you would never fail. But you don't know everything, so you will fail.

Take the failures as lessons to be learned.

Every failure contains a lesson to be learned.

  • You failed because you did something you should not have done.
  • Or you did not do something that you should have done.
  • Or both.

Whenever you fail you must search out the lesson contained in the failure.

  • What did you do that was wrong?
  • What did you not do?
  • Or both.

When you analyse each setback and learn the lessons that each contains, then, you are wiser, more educated and more experienced. You are better than before the setback.

But only If you learn the lesson.

Warning. Don't repeat mistakes!

If you keep trying the same thing in the same way and it does not work, then stop doing it.

Many people repeat the same mistakes, every day for decades, and wonder why they are not getting anywhere.

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Step six. Evolve

Evolution is nature's way of progression by improving by small but continuous, incremental improvements. Nature never stands still. Nor should you. Every year, you should be better than the year before. More educated, wiser, stronger, (at least emotionally) better equipped to deal with setbacks and challenges. Be prepared and ready to evolve and change.

Be prepared to change, evolve and adapt.

Failure to change, evolve and adapt means the demise of your chances of survival.

Have you heard of the phrase: survival of the fittest?

That means that you are in competition with others for the good things in life.

If you want to progress, you must win. And that means you must be willing to

o Drop bad habits.

o Replace them with better ones.

As you do this you change into a more productive, more effective, more efficient, more valuable asset.

This process is good for you, good for your family, good for business and good for everyone else who knows you.


Step one: Recognise that you have so far tapped a tiny proportion of your genetic potential.

DECIDE to release your full potential and see how much is really there.

Step Two. Demand more from yourself by setting a worthwhile ambitious goal.

Step three. Gather your team around you and formulate a detailed plan of action.

Step four. Take the first steps. Don't wait.

Step five. Learn from your mistakes. Whenever you fail you must search out the lesson contained in the failure.

Step six. Evolve. Drop bad habits. Replace them with better ones.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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