Every leader wants to improve. It’s ingrained in us, right?
The problem is, many leaders fail to improve and improve quickly because they don’t know how.
They miss the single action that brings incredible growth. And it’s right under our nose.
The last couple of years have seen me tapper off my running. I have struggled to run long distances. I struggled to run faster.
My regular runs consisted of multiple stops during a 5k distance. My average my was creeping towards the 10-minute mark.
This time was frustrating. I knew I was better than this. I had been better than this.
I kept hitting the road. I kept getting the same results.
Then, something changed. I found my key to improving performance.
Run With Higher Performers
The thing that changed my running was the day I invited a friend out for a run.
His average pace was in the 7-minute mile range. Mine, like I mentioned, was above the 9-minute mile.
That night saw a chance in my running. Running next to Jamie, my time increased.
Not by a little. But by a large margin.
Our run that Saturday night averaged just over 8-minute miles.
That means I took off more than 1 minute per mile.
My next run saw similar results. I was in the 8:10-minute mile range. And then the next run, same results.
Jim Rohn is famous for saying
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
And it’s true.
The people we choose to surround ourselves with can lift us up. Way up.
Choosing to “run” with a high performer helps push you further towards your goal. You’re able to see someone else doing the impossible. This seeing leads to believing that you can do it as well.
Why You Improve By Hanging With High Performers
Do you wonder why high performers commune with other high performers? It’s because doing so keeps them at the top of their game.
By surrounding themselves with others who are performing at the same level or above, they’re able to pull knowledge from wise people.
They also are able to see what can be done, and believe it themselves. There’s also the fact that high performers push others to become better.
This is why you can improve your skills by hanging around high performers.