These performance prompts and questions are derived from Brendon Burchard’s newest book, High Performance Habits, which reveals how extraordinary people become that way. Whether you know it or not, you’re probably already influencing those around you. Use these prompts for creating change mindfully, and embrace your power to make a difference in your world.
“Since so many people feel ostracized, unappreciated, and undervalued, when you show up and give genuine praise, respect, and appreciation, you stand out. Be grateful for people. Just by offering gratitude, you more than double the likelihood that those receiving your appreciation will help you again in the future.” — Brendon Burchard
Listening to Brendon Burchard’s podcast (which is what this post is inspired by and based on) always encourages me to take a deep breath and let go of my stress while I focus on what really matters to me. I highly recommend his videos, classes, books, and the podcast.
In one of his most recent episodes of the podcast, titled “How to have influence” Brendon talks about challenging people to grow and rise to higher levels of performance; this is one thing “high performers” do, according to his most recently published book, High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way. This book is absolutely on my 2018 reading list.
The quote that I shared above speaks to our commitment to others. We can champion people not only by appreciating them but by challenging them to contribute more.
As we encourage others to grow (with an intention not of confrontation but of motivation) we are deliberately creating change. Speaking with respect and honor, we’ll likely be met with positive action (though we cannot always control how people will respond to our intentions, of course).
If you set a tone of appreciation and praise before you question someone’s character, you come off as wanting to help them rise to the challenge and grow.
Getting one’s character questioned may not feel good (and we might get defensive) but, if framed in the right (respectful) intent and tone, it’s what encourages us to reach higher levels of performance.“With patience, grace, and humor people can open up, change, and be friendly.” @BrendonBurchard Click To Tweet
Whether or not you think you’re in a position of power, you are powerful enough to influence the people around you—most likely, you’re already doing that on a regular basis.
If you’d like to become more mindful of your influence, inspiring others to be their best selves and ultimately making life better for everyone, these prompts and questions can help you make a bigger difference.
5 Prompts for Influencing Others to Think Bigger or Better
Answer these prompts for yourself.
1. “Someone in my life I would like to influence more is…”
2. “The way I would like to influence them is…”
3. “If I could tell them how they should think of themselves, I would say…”
4. “If I could tell them how they should think of other people, I would say…”
5. “If I could tell them how they should think of the world in general, I would say…”“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” — George Elliot Click To Tweet
7 Questions to Ask Others to Inspire a Greater Contribution
Ask these questions of others when you know they could do or be better—to themselves, to others, and to the world.
1. How would your best self approach this situation?
2. Looking back, do you feel you have given it your all?
3. Are you bringing the best of you to this situation?
4. What values were you trying to embody when you did that?
5. What kind of person do you want to be remembered as?
6. What would your life look like if you gave it your all?
7. Where are you making excuses and what might be different if you showed up stronger?
If you’d like to share any of your answers to these prompts, or any responses you received from asking these questions of others, I’d love to hear them! Please share them in the comments so we can all benefit.
Make your world a little better today; share these prompts and questions with someone who is capable of so much (more).
Be appreciative. Be respectful. Be honest. Be an Encourager. (The world needs more of that.)