Ever notice how most people and teams hit a little below where they aim? This is because accomplishment comes with its own burden: the burden of discovering what comes next. This burden, like a magnet’s repellent force, pushes high performers away from the accomplishment. It’s what creates an experience that many feel but few articulate: avoiding the pain of success. And both of these psychological barriers—the arrogance of limited success and fear of the pain of success—are present but invisible and consequently harder to deal with in high performers and high-performing teams.
To overcome these challenges, you must become obsessed with a question few leaders ask: “What comes after high performance?”
If your team doesn’t have a clear and compelling answer to the question, “What comes after high performance?” then you have an unnecessary cap on the possibilities of your leadership and the impact of your organization.
This is where we introduce you to the idea of Meta Performance™. Not “meta” like “meta-data,” but “meta” as in “metamorphosis.” Like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. A meta-performer isn’t committed to being the best; a meta-performer is dedicated to constantly exploring capabilities.