Most of us, at some level, buy into the myth that some people are born with natural ability or talent and that these genetic gifts are the source of achievement. During the research done by Personal Best in general consultancy and as part of the work done when writing Personal Best the book, it becomes entirely obvious that this is not the case.
There is now a mass of scientific research which debunks this belief and during two hundred interviews we found that there was a formula — a cookie cutter approach used by almost all achievers, which far outweighed any natural ability they may or may not have had. Regardless of the background and no matter what area they were involved in, be it business, sports, science, politics or leadership, every one of them had a methodology which delivered powerful results.
This was true in both individuals and organisations, we found that it’s possible to build any given skill or ability using a disciplined, systematic approach. Although our research covered many methods and strategies the key areas we discovered in excelling in any area were as follows;
Ongoing Improvement – A commitment to never ending learning and improvement.
In every interview and discussion this came up constantly. When you commit to ongoing improvement it can be the cornerstone to achievement. When you set a goal and move towards it by taking daily actions, constantly improving yourself, constantly asking more of yourself – you have a defining strategy in your life to attain anything that you want to
Specialised Focus - A focus on the fundamentals.
This is tied closely to ongoing improvement. People who achieve more are experts in their chosen field. By constantly questioning and stretching themselves they develop new insights and innovations, becoming leaders in their field.
Strategy – Clear goals and massive action
People and companies that develop faster are not necessarily any smarter – they just have a different strategy. They are invariably clear on their outcomes and take massive action towards achieving them. Strategy is when knowledge and planning come together with action. When you develop clear purposeful goals and take daily unrelenting action towards them you are taking the same steps that every successful person, company and organisation has done in the past and continues to do today.
Like everyone who studies performance, I’m indebted to the individuals who have taken the time out to explain the fundamental steps that they take every day. It brings it home that if the best people continue to work, practice and make the effort to make new distinctions, then all of us have to. This stuff is empowering, it means we have the capacity create and define our own outcomes. If one person can do something, then by taking the same steps anyone can achieve a similar result or at the very least enjoy a massive improvement in their personal performance.