How to Be a High Performer Every Day 101
Y Ensure that your mission (individual and organizational) is
clear and related to Mega.
Y Affirm your own self-esteem repeatedly (use positive self-
talk and optimism).
Y Create and maintain confidence (believe you can achieve
and reinforce success).
Y Establish measurable performance objectives and expec-
tations of success.
Y Capitalize on your strengths (review the TOPS model in
Chapter 5).
Y Raise the bar in future performances (make excellence
your average).
Y Help others achieve their Mega first (and we all become
successful).
Y Embrace and manage change (keep what works well,
change everything else).
Y Go with your flow (do what you love and challenge your-
self).
Endnotes
1. Rotter, J. B., (1966). Generalized expectancies for internal versus
external control of reinforcement. Psychological Monographs, 80.
(Whole No. 609). Also Vroom, V., (1994). Work and motivation. San
Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
2. A series of books by the Gallup organization talks about how a focus
on a performer’s strength has a powerful effect on high performance.
The series includes: Buckingham, M., & Coffman, C., (1999). First,
break all the rules. New York: Simon & Shuster; Buckingham, M., &
Clifton, D., (2001). Now discover your strengths. New York: Free
Press; and Buckingham, M., (2005). The one thing you need to know.
New York: Free Press; and several others.
3. See, again, Csikszentmihalyi, M., (1990). Flow. New York: Harper.

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