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
Y Embrace and manage change (keep what works well,
change everything else).
Y Go with your flow (do what you love and challenge your-
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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