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In his book Peak Performance Principles for High Achievers, John Noe discusses The Ten Questions “…that if answered from the heart, can change your life.” As we enter the holiday season, we will be confronted with the desire to relax and take it easy. This will be a good time to ask ourselves The Ten Questions.
1. Do you really want to become a high achiever?
Leaving a secure corporate position to start your own business may not be considered wise by statisticians, but it is a risk that high achievers often choose to take. High achievement always involves creativity and breaking new ground.
2. Do you have a strong inner urge to reach out?
High achievers reach out to new situations and people with enthusiasm, not fear.
3. What matters most to you?
The key question is never “what have you done?” but rather “what have you become?”. The intangible possessions – self-respect, pride of accomplishment, the capacity for love and a positive outlook – are always paramount, and the primary goal is to always become a better and more able person.
4. What are you willing to invest?
The answer is always, “whatever it takes.”
5. What are you willing to endure?
“What a testing of character adversity is!” exclaims Harry Emerson. When the going gets tough…
6. What are you willing to give up?
Society tends to define our comfort levels. Traditional cars are designed to create a comfortable ride. They desensitize us to the signals that are sent by the road. A high performance race car dramatically increases that sensitivity. Can you give up that comfortable ride? Be aware of your surroundings as they send the signals of opportunity and success.
7. How much responsibility can you handle?
“High achievement and responsibility go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other.” While some may complain when unexpected responsibility is thrust upon them, the high achiever will simply do his/her best.
8. Are you willing to start where you are?
Even the most accomplished entrepreneurs, artists and athletes had to begin at the beginning and then move toward their dreams. You can always get to where you want to go, providing that you are willing to start from where you are.
9. Are you willing to think for yourself?
True, there is no substitute for hard work, but the high achiever must develop a balance between hard work and hard, often solitary, thought.
10. Are you willing to settle for nothing less than your full potential?
Benjamin Franklin wrote that “success has ruined many a man.” Once you have achieved your dream, don’t allow yourself the luxury of becoming complacent – dream again. To be a genuine high achiever is to continue to forge ahead, regardless of what has already been accomplished.
Terry R. Schmeltzle
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