Perform at your best
Knowing what you know, or what researchers call metacognition, is a key to top performance. Many people operate somewhere in the two extremes of thinking they know a lot when they don’t or thinking that they only know a little. The problem with many people is that they are not committed to knowing or searching for answers. People that are not afraid of such a search or of being committed to the answers they find almost always do well. The difference is being committed to knowing, meaning that you are committed to finding out. However, you also have to be committed to doing, after you know.
The best performers judge themselves against a standard that’s relevant for what they’re trying to achieve. You have to get beyond yourself; to see life’s issues from a better, higher perspective. In the model offered by the Bible there is a great value placed on people that take a higher perspective and then employ what they discover. God knows that which we build and tend to personally we usually treasure more. The best performers go into their work with a powerful belief in their ability to perform; to get the job done right.
The most important regulatory skill that top performers use during their work is self-observation. The Bible calls on people of faith to examine themselves as a way of making sure that they are on target with the truth (I Corinthians 13:5). If such an examination is conducted honestly, the truth will be discovered. However, in the discovery, the follow-up must be application of the truth as the final step of proper interpretation. It is important to realize that God will never work beyond the scope and confines of our own heart and mind. Though many have debated the issue, theologian John Locke (1632-1704), asserted that Christianity not only contains nothing contrary to reason but also nothing above reason. That should be received as good news because it means that the truth has been communicated in a way that is understandable, relevant and practical.
God’s resources are people, not things. Those that advocate Christianity should never emphasize the acquisition of things because they understand that all the resources needed to fulfill a Divine commission are available. An account in the Old Testament book of Exodus, chapter 35, says that God gave various craftsmen (Bezaleel & Aholiab) the knowledge, wisdom and understanding to perform various difficult tasks. God had qualified these men as master builders (top performers) and the passage also says that they were willing to share that knowledge. The individuals involved had become top performers but they had also discovered that such insight and skill finds its highest usage when it is shared with others. This is a way that many hands make the work light. Top performers want to be a part of a legacy of learning.
We can have all the best instruction, knowledge, wisdom and understanding but it still comes down to the choices that we make. God wants, and makes, top performers, but it will never happen to someone that is unwilling or uncommitted. What God was asking of Bezaleel and the others with him was a tremendous task of craftsmanship and engineering in a remote location with very few apparent resources. It may be the greatest knowledge, wisdom and understanding to see the potential for something good when others see little or nothing. Part of what a top performer does is to give others the opportunity to learn. Most of the time all that is really missing is an opportunity.
Those following the Biblical paradigm should be most interested in being a top performer for God and then passing their knowledge, wisdom and understanding along to others. There are many potential top performers out there that just need an opportunity. When it comes down to proving that one really is a person that is persuaded by the truth, it may be that the most solid piece of evidence is showing others how to be a top performer by the way one lives.
This column is the opinion of Dr. M. Hildon Guy, President of the University of Christian Studies & Seminary in Eagle River and a board member of Love INC. of Eagle River.