BTL has made it our purpose to discover what causes individuals, teams, and leaders to sustain high performance. There is much to study and learn on this very broad and interesting topic. On this journey, we study, learn and apply. Our applications are first and foremost on ourselves, then on our clients and those that attend BTL team practice.
Here’s the melody line for sustainable high performance individuals, teams, and leaders – more love than fear. In my mind this is the definition of courage. As I look back over nearly sixteen years of practicing BTL, the greatest limiter of human performance is more fear than love. Most of you reading this rant suffer from fearing the scourge of power. In other words, most readers are like a former client of mine who loved our work and the strength he gained within, but when it came time to fight, he feared his owner more than he loved his life. So, he chose to follow his owner instead of chasing his opus. He settled for comfort and safety. The road to sustainable high performance does not come to settlers.
More love than fear. More love. Most of my clients tell me half truths they’ve been telling themselves. They tell me their plans to stand up for what they want. Few, however, have the courage to take the leap when they discover with clarity that it’s time to go. Durp and Brett are leading two of the highest performing companies in cbus and both of them had to take the leap and choose to fly higher. One left a comfortable partnership and one left a comfortable family business. Neither left out of anger of frustration. Neither left out of fear. Both chose to leave because they had more love than fear.
More love than fear. This is heart of high performance, friends. You cannot fake this character. You cannot borrow it from another. You must muster the inner conviction from deep within your strong CORE. It’s easy to talk about courage. Many former clients of mine talked a good game. Talk, however, does not cook rice (Thanks, RR). It is only courage that causes sustainable high performance, because it is only courage that enables consistent action. High performing individuals, teams, and leaders are defined by a lifetime of consistent PA (productive action). PA, not when it’s easy, not some of the time, or not when it’s what your owner proclaims. PA sounds easy. It’s not.
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Suu Kyi
Sometimes it takes courage to stay. Sometimes it takes courage to leave. Sometimes it takes courage to fight for right. Sometimes it takes courage to fight another day. Sometimes it takes courage to wait. Sometimes it takes courage to initiate. Slo down, friend. Think, reflect, write, and gain clarity regarding your situation. Think ‘bout the best way forward. Make a decision to move. Burn the boats, remember, ‘cause you know this to be true.
Talk does not cook rice…