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 – we do more than we think. Fact. Here’s the melody line for sustainable high performance individuals, teams, and leaders – more love than fear. As I look back over nearly eighteen years of practicing BTL, the greatest limiter of human performance is more fear than love. Most 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 opus. He settled for comfort and safety. He settled for peace and pay. 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. They tell me they’re ready to dream and do. Few, however, have the courage to take the leap when 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).
Courage 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 live to fight another day. Sometimes it takes courage to wait. Sometimes it takes courage to initiate. Sometimes it takes courage to sell and sometimes it takes courage to buy even more. Sometimes it takes courage to speak hard truth and sometimes it takes courage to say nothing. Slo down, friend. Think, reflect, write, and gain clarity regarding your situation. Think ‘bout the best way forward. Do not make the mistake of ruminating without action though. Make a decision to move. Burn the boats ‘cause you know this to be true – Talk does not cook rice.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…