Perhaps the most outwardly identifiable quality of a high performing
man or woman is "action orientation".
To Think and Plan
Highly productive people take the time to think, plan and set
priorities. They then launch quickly and strongly toward their
goals and objectives. They work steadily, smoothly and continuously
and seem to go through enormous amounts of work in the same time
period that the average person spends socializing, wasting time
and working on low value activities.
When you work on high value tasks at a high and continuous level
of activity, you can actually enter into an amazing mental state
called "flow." Almost everyone has experienced this
at some time. Really successful people are those who get themselves
into this state far more often than the average.
In the state of "flow," which is the
highest human state of performance and productivity, something
almost miraculous happens to your mind and emotions.
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You feel elated and clear. Everything you do seems effortless
and accurate. You feel happy and energized. You experience a tremendous
sense of calm and personal effectiveness.
Become More Alert and Aware
In the state of "flow," identified and talked about
over the centuries, you actually function on a higher plane of
clarity, creativity and competence. You are more sensitive and
aware. Your insight and intuition functions with incredible precision.
You see the interconnectedness of people and circumstances around
you. You often come up with brilliant ideas and insights that
enable you to move ahead even more rapidly.
Develop A Sense of Urgency
One of the ways you can trigger this state of flow is by developing
a "sense of urgency." This is an inner drive and desire
to get on with the job quickly and get it done fast. This inner
drive is an impatience that motivates you to get going and to
keep going. A sense of urgency feels very much like racing against
Create A "Bias For Action"
With this ingrained sense of urgency, you develop a "bias
for action." You take action rather than talking continually
about what you are going to do. You focus on specific steps you
can take immediately. You concentrate on the things you can do
right now to get the results you want and achieve the goals you
First, select one major task confronting you and launch into it
immediately. Don’t hesitate. Move fast.
Second, start doing this every morning, first
thing, until it becomes a habit.