High Performance—Understanding and Using the X-Factor
In the area of high performance research shows that success is 10% performance and an astounding 90 % preparation and deliberative practice. Most people get trapped in over confidence and optimistic biases, so they tend to listen to positive feedback and ignore negative feedback. Although this may help them come across as confident to others, in any area of competence (e.g., education, business, sports or performing arts) achievement is 10% performance and 90% preparation. Thus, the more aware you are of your blind spots and weaknesses, the better prepared you will be and more you come across as believable.
Low self-confidence may turn you into a pessimist, but when pessimism teams-up with ambition it often produces outstanding performance. To be the very best at anything, you will need to be your harshest critic, and that is almost impossible when your starting point is high self-confidence. Exceptional achievers always experience low levels of confidence and self-confidence, but they train hard and practice continually until they reach an acceptable level of competence. Indeed, success is the best medicine for your insecurities.
What do all people who consistently reach high performance have in common?
The answer isn’t necessarily great genes, although they’re nice to have. Stay tune, in my next post I will explore what makes up the “high performance” profile.