The Eight Elements of High Performance

I just finished reading The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and‎ Michael Lennington. I started reading the book because I loved the title.


The premise of the book is that if you set 12-week goals they are much easier to hit than annual goals because of the feedback loop.


One of the best parts of the book is when Moran and Lennington lay out the eight elements that are fundamental to high performance in any endeavor:

  1. Vision: A compelling vision creates a clear picture of the future.

  2. Planning: An effective plan clarifies and focuses on the top priority initiatives and actions needed to achieve the vision.

  3. Process control: A set of tools and events that align your daily actions with the critical actions in your plan.

  4. Measurement: Leading and lagging indicators that provide comprehensive feedback necessary for informed decision-making.

  5. Time use: Using your time with clear intention is a must.

  6. Accountability: Accountability is ultimately ownership. It is a character trait, a life stance, and a willingness to own actions and results, regardless of the circumstances.

  7. Commitment: Keeping your promises to others builds strong relationships, and keeping promises to yourself builds character, esteem, and success.

  8. Greatness in the moment: The results are not the attainment of greatness, but simply confirmation of it.

I love this list because it embodies the tools required to get things done.


My favorite is the last one, greatness in the moment, because when it is all said and done the key is how you perform when everything is on the line.


Next time you want to do something great, follow these eight fundamentals and see how it make a difference in getting to your goal.


Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.


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