When you take time to think about your career and life, what are you focusing on? I ask because what you are focusing on may tell you whether you are a top performer.

Daniel Teitelbaum is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Mental Toughness. In the book he suggests that top performers:

  • Expect to win.
  • Always keep their minds focused on the “best case scenario.”
  • Know exactly what they want out of life, both short-term and long-term.
  • Have a high level of self belief.
  • Know how to keep themselves focused and motivated.
  • Stay out of their comfort zones.

Teitelbaum also describes a Harvard School of Psychology study focused on the differences between three levels of achievers:

  1. Low achievers tend to focus on the past and can’t get their minds off of past defeats.
  2. Average achievers focus on the present, on just getting done the work they have. (for lawyers the billable work they have to do.)
  3. Top achievers stay laser focused on the future, on the specific victories they are planning to make happen and they consistently think about and visualize those victories.

I like this quote:

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T.S. Eliot

Are you focused on your future and do you know the specific victory you are planning to make happen? How far can you go?