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We all want to live and maintain our full potential, to reach and sustain what is called “high performance.” Definition: high performance is “succeeding above and beyond standard norms over the long-term.” Here’s what I’ve learned about high performers as I’ve become the world’s most-followed and in-demand high performance coach:


High Performers have uncommon clarity about three things: (a) who they are, (b) what they desire and, (c) how they intend to perform and interact with other people. By knowing these things, they can stay true to themselves, in their zone, and highly intentional.

2. Energy:

High Performers experience and generate heightened and sustained levels of energy through training, discipline and focus. You can literally feel their energy because they’ve become present, vibrant, strong through their choices, nutrition, and conditioning.

3. Courage:

High Performers are more likely than others to speak up for themselves and to take more risks and bolder actions. Their courage helps them get ahead because when everyone else quits at the first signs of criticism or difficulty or risk, they march on.

4. Productivity:

High Performers simply produce more in the same amount of time as everybody else. They get into experiences deeper than others, and they become more efficient and prolific as well. That’s why they get ahead faster.

5. Influence:

High Performers have better people skills; they give others more time, attention and caring, and as a result, other people admire, respect and help them. Their kindness and generosity draws people and often puts them in leadership positions.

The most important lesson I’ve learned is that High Performers are not born; they are conditioned by habit and practice.

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Brendon Burchard is the most watched personal development trainer in the world and a Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook. Over 30,000,000 people watched his videos in the last 12 months, and over 15,000,000 see his posts every week on Facebook. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life’s Golden Ticket.

At the age of 19, Brendon was in a car accident that inspired him to turn his life around and follow his dream to be a writer and trainer. He failed at first, going bankrupt as he strove to write his first personal development book. But by the age of 32, he became a #1 bestselling author and a multimillionaire as an early pioneer in the online education space. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others find their charge and share their voice with the world.

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24 Comments on What is High Performance?

  1. Amirrul Jasni // 25th April 2015 at 10:01 pm // Reply

    Enough of YouTube, time to be productive.

  2. I’m focusing on high performance in my generation for everyday individuals. Appreciate your enthusiasm and thoughts on high performers Brendon. Hope my YouTube channel grows as much as yours my friend. Best from London.

  3. i’ve quited a lot of hobbies and schools in my life.. i’ve just never been ”good enough” and i just cant wait anymore.. i want to find my talent or what i’m good at. i’ve just never had a talent. im scared for my furture.

  4. Manish Gowda // 26th April 2015 at 6:34 am // Reply

    Sir,you have raised my standards of living at 18 itself.Best choice of my life dedicate my weekly on your wise words.

  5. Momo Maximilian // 26th April 2015 at 8:35 am // Reply

    Now it is time to take action. Write down for yourself, or as a comment what you could do to improve each of these areas: clarity, energy, courage, productivity, influence
    And write things that are really couragous and inspiring to just read/write. Challenge yourself to do something new. To become a high performer right now.

    Don’t blame your past, present or future or anyone/anything else- you can just decide to become a high performer. Shout now in the voice of Les Brown: I am a high performer! (really – just shout it to the pc – have some fun)

    Have a great day, my friends. Brendon – I love you. Thank you. One day we will work togheter! 🙂

  6. How productive were you….? nice one! 🙂

  7. Iva Hristova // 26th April 2015 at 6:01 pm // Reply

    I like to pause the video after he makes a point; for example, after he names and describes a quality. Then, I’m off to do my own research – on the internet, in books, asking people questions and even asking myself – so that I can understand the concept thoroughly and figure out the exact and practical ways in which I can implement it in my every consideration and action.

    One can’t just watch the video and skip this work, because without it, it’s just wasted time. It’s not enough to simply remember; in order to change something, it has to be what you’re consistently feeding your thoughts with. It’s very similar to making healthy adjustments in your diet – you just have to keep yourself in check. You have to consciously make this your focus, until it forms a habit. I hope this helps somebody.

  8. thanks Brendon Burchard:)

  9. XOXO
    Reclaiming my agenda…cutting out distractions. Going to get greater focus so that ALL my energy daily is working toward the project, music, health, wholeness. I’ve been radiant lately (that’s why I “liked” the “I Feel Pretty” song) like I’m pregnant but I’m not, not physically anyway. It’s visible and dear God it feels amazing, that’s the best way I can explain it. I don’t know if you’ve ever been born again but God is using you in beautiful ways and I love you for it. I see God in you. Thank your wife for sharing. Blessings to you both. Love

  10. Márton Teperics // 29th April 2015 at 8:50 pm // Reply

    Is it a problem that I only watch these videos 1.5 faster?

  11. Hey Brandon! Do you know what I miss? Something like… how can I be more precise… like not working with “Phrases” … but going deeper and find the essence of something, not using phrases I hear everyday from everyone… Do you know what I mean? All the best from Berlin/Germany !

  12. Motivationme. NASRA // 20th June 2015 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    Brendon Thank you very much for such inspiring video whats missing is that  I am really confused on what to decide am from a middle classs family studied at local schools and by the grace of God I perfomed really well it impressed my parents and I got some sponsors to sponsor my education in High school in an international school and what they want for me is to become the best student what exactly can I do not to disappoint my parents or my sponsors as you know that most beautiful girls do face a lot of challenges how can I interact with people and how will I face my academic life to be completely different from any other person as there is a lot of challenges I was once studying in a bording school to avoid the challenges now am n a day school how will I achieve the best please me Brandon  am ready for sacrifisind anything for my future Thanks alot

  13. Brandon Whistler // 30th July 2015 at 12:26 pm // Reply

    Just found your channel and glad I did! Love the energy and vibe you bring to each message!

  14. EddieJaeYoutube // 27th August 2015 at 10:10 pm // Reply

    Hey Brendon – just wanted to start by saying I’m a huge fan of yours, I’ve read the Motivation Manifesto and have been watching your videos for many months now. I believe that I have finally beat a detrimental and crippling depression that has affected everyone in my life and that even nearly took my own life. Now I’m filled with a fervor to help others so that I can hopefully help people live better lives and prevent people from experiencing what I went through or help them through it . Specifically I would like to do that through teaching people about Nutrition and Fitness. Anyways you’re videos have proved to be especially beneficial during those hard times and it would be an honor to one day meet you/have a discussion. Hopefully I can make that happen but for now keep up the great work and thank you! (P.S. if you haven’t already I recommend looking into Orthomolecular Medicine and the psychological and physical effects of it!)-Eddie

  15. you helped me more than you can ever imagine , Brendon Burchard

  16. Billy Wilson Arante // 6th December 2015 at 1:20 pm // Reply

    Brendon, thank you!

  17. Judith Hiciano // 27th May 2016 at 4:20 am // Reply

    I love your video .omg I think all those qualities, thank you Noe I feel more confident!!

  18. Gilberto Baksa // 9th June 2017 at 1:52 am // Reply

    Thanks Brendon!

  19. Yeah man thats important to focus on whats important to find the clarity in it.

  20. David Groemping // 18th January 2018 at 1:55 am // Reply

    In the zone! I like to get in the zone by pumping myself up physically by celebrating something LOUDLY, and then also my mindset by pulling out my mission and visualizing it being fulfilled for myself and others.

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