Brendon Burchard, High Performance Habits, & You

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High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard focuses on the six habits you need to develop to achieve high performance in your area of focus. These habits range from maintaining your health to generating influence.

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Brendon Burchard & High Performance Habits

Many people believe that if they work hard, practice consistently, and focus on the things they’re good at, they’ll succeed. However, these aren’t the keys to long-term success. What gives successful people their competitive edge? High Performance Habits was Brendon Burchard’s attempt at answering this question.

Burchard defined six high-performance habits (the HP6) that will help achieve your goals in a healthy and sustainable way.  They’re deliberate habits you constantly revisit to improve your performance. They’re often challenging and require your full attention. High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard explains why each of these habits is important, the dangers of not developing them, and ways to implement them in your daily life.

The Six High-Performance Habits

1. Search for Clarity.

To become a high performer, you need clarity about who you are and what you want. Clarity isn’t something that emerges on its own. It requires reflection and experimentation as you search for the values that matter to you and the goals that will define your journey. 

2. Improve Your Health

To be a high performer, you need to tend to your health and well-being because good health builds happiness, focus, and energy. There are three elements to your health: mental, emotional, and physical.

3. Find Your Drive

Drive is the force that motivates you to perform at your pest. It helps you stay on track through even the most difficult challenges. Drive comes from two types of forces: internal (e.g. feelings, values, goals) and external (e.g. duties, deadlines).

4. Increase Your Efficiency

Increased efficiency helps you focus on the important things in your life and maintain your work-life balance. This increases your performance by helping you achieve the goals you care about, lowering your stress levels, and giving you time to relax. According to Burchard, there are three factors that impact your efficiency: goals, energy, and focus.

5. Generate Influence

Influence is your ability to mold other people’s perspectives and behaviors. To generate influence, you need to focus on your relationships. If you can create strong bonds with your friends, family, and colleagues, you will begin to gain the influence necessary to bolster your performance as well as the performance of those around you.

6. Be Courageous

Courage is the willingness to take purposeful action in service of a worthy and sincere goal despite fear, danger, or adversity. These actions don’t have to be bold to be effective. Any step toward overcoming fear or embracing the uncertain is a courageous act. Burchard defines four primary types of courage: physical, moral, psychological, and everyday.

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Darya Sinusoid

Darya’s love for reading started with fantasy novels (The LOTR trilogy is still her all-time-favorite). Growing up, however, she found herself transitioning to non-fiction, psychological, and self-help books. She has a degree in Psychology and a deep passion for the subject. She likes reading research-informed books that distill the workings of the human brain/mind/consciousness and thinking of ways to apply the insights to her own life. Some of her favorites include Thinking, Fast and Slow, How We Decide, and The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

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