We aren't judged by who we are on the inside, we are judged on what we do on the outside.
The 2 Essentials for Performance You Need To Know
"At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you." -Jim Rohn
We are judged on how we show up in life - not who we are or what we have done. We are constantly being measured and evaluated by others based on our performance. What matters is not the outcome of what you do in life - but your effort, your improvement over time with repetition, and the way you made the other person feel when you were together with them.
Lets dive into 2 fundamentals of performance and why they're important in everything you do.
Show Up Consistently
When I first started working out, it was tough. I didn't want to subject myself to strenuous workouts day in and day out. I didn't have a car when I moved to Los Angeles so I rode my bike to the gym everyday, even in pouring rain. I pushed myself even when the days were hard, which were often.
Then something started to happen, it started to become easier. There are tons of motivational books showing and telling us the next best thing. But there's one thing that will never change and that is good day, bad day. Show up.
"Eighty percent of success is showing up." -Woody Allen
You're in a new environment with new stimulus being presented and it's difficult to adapt to because you haven't done it before. Tell yourself that no matter if its a good day or bad day, you will continue to show up and use the magical and rational power of repetition.
Practice by doing. Accept that there will be challenges and take the mindset of a beginner on. Observe and learn everything there is to know and do the things that are hard, practice by consistently exposing yourself to new stimuli, and watch yourself grow.
This is normal and the basis of anything new. With each coming day, you will begin to see the changes that take place, slowly but surely. Great things can't be rushed.
Then things start to shift, tasks that were once difficult are no longer hard, the things that made you get frustrated are now easy. When you put all things aside and commit to this one single action of showing up, you'll learn everything there is to know, you'll adapt and gain experience. You will go on to achieve mastery in whatever it is that you do, never underestimate the effect showing up has in your life.
As important as showing up is, in order for it to work in an optimal fashion. Its equally important to take the lead and take action before someone tells you to do something.
In the times we are in, many people show up in life and their careers and wonder what people can do for them. As if they are waiting for a handout on the things they want. One of the most important things we can do in any relationship or venture is to take action without anyone telling us to do so.
"Initiative is doing the right things without being told." -Elbert Hubbard
Taking initiative has many forms, more often than not it's being aware of needs to be done, and then doing it. Not waiting for someone to tell us what to do or offer us what we want. But by learning the ins and outs and offering the solution to what they need done with our actions, then taking what is rightfully ours. Find the need and fill it.
By taking initiative, we demonstrate that we are capable of seeing what needs to happen, and solving the problems at hand. Allaying the pains and fears of organizations and relationships alike.
You become better at reading the room and asking yourself: "what needs to be done right now?"
You take it upon yourself to become the professional diagnostician. You know the potential pitfalls and alternatives because you out-studied everyone. You researched the problem and deep dived into what the next practical steps are.
You then considered all parties and acted on what needed to be done, you became the leader by example. Doing this makes you the solution finder and you will always be praised and sought after simply because you showed up, took initiative and did the things that needed to be done, even when no else was watching.