Key to high performance (William Nonge)

Imagine you are shown a group picture where you’re part of (say with friends, colleagues, etc.). Who should you first look at? Most certainly the answer will be “you” as you will spend more time on your appearance than on anybody else’s. You’ll be wondering how well you looked in the picture. You would seek to improve if necessary your profile next time. Wouldn’t you? Why is that you tend to look at yourself first? It is simply natural to focus on you first.

Please note that self-gratification isn’t a sign of selfishness. Self-appreciation or self-praise is a form of untapped source for personal motivation. It increases self-esteem and therefore boosts people’s confidence. People who don’t praise themselves will have difficulty to positively accept compliments from their colleagues, friends or family members.

When you allow praising yourself regularly, you will naturally appreciate others very well. Self-praise isn’t a sign of seeking attention on oneself.

When looking to meet the organisation’s objectives, you should be able (if applicable) to identify areas for personal development too. Alternatively, defining clearly your long term career or professional development aspirations could also enable you to identify a development opportunity that could link to the overall organisation’s objectives. Your professional development need could be completed through training, shadowing, mentoring, reading, etc.

The key question to ask yourself when completing any of the above learning activities is “what kind of person you will become after completing such or such objective?” Please note that you can also learn or gain skills by working on the objective itself. In other words, you learn by experience for carrying out certain activities towards a defined objective too. Even on this occasion, it’s important to ask yourself the following question: “How valuable you have become?” Or “what skills you have gained?”

Most people will focus on achieving an objective or performing very well at work without paying particular attention on themselves. But with reference to the above example of the group picture, a close attention on oneself first will produce a greater achievement. Remember that purpose is stronger than the objective. The more you develop yourself, the higher your performance will be. This attitude will eventually result in a win-win situation.

Finally, for your own record remember to regularly document your high achievements. This exercise will be useful to celebrate your successes and boost your confidence. Eventually you won’t lack of finding right examples when applying for jobs.