Reaching for The Top 2%

shoesThis year, I set a goal of running in at least 4 races.  In registering for these races, I was asked if my running time in previous races would qualify me to be in the top 2% of runners in my age group.  Needless to say, I did not qualify for the honor.

This year, I set a goal of running in at least 4 races.  In registering for these races, I was asked if my running time in previous races would qualify me to be in the top 2% of runners in my age group.  Needless to say, I did not qualify for the honor.

The Top 2%

Running BibsMy race registration experience got me thinking about the notion of the top 2%.  As our world has become more competitive, being in the top 10% or even the top 5% is no longer good enough.   The standard of excellence now is the top 2%.

 

The Power of the Top 2%

2percentaNightingale Learning Systems has done extensive research on the concept of the top 2%.  Their findings have been compiled in the book, The Top 2%.   This statement from the book is a great reflection of the power of the top 2% …..”The fact is, the top 2% set the trends in every industry. They set the trend by imagining and dreaming things that didn’t exist and then doing what it took to make it happen. Whether you’re in business, entertainment, sports, politics or some other industry, if you’re in the top 2%, you have the power and influence to make things happen.”

Reaching for the Top 2%

Reaching for the top 2% in a race, or in our profession, is something by its very nature that most of us will never attain.  Or is it?  I believe that God has given us the talent and the potential to make it to the top 2%.   However, the top 2% does not have to be an achievement of income accumulation, professional esteem or athletic prowess.   Instead, why can’t we obtain top 2% status as a parent, a sibling, or a friend?    Or, in any of the many parts of our lives that mean the most to us. Think of the difference we can make if we were in the top 2%. Remember ”if you’re in the top 2 %, you have the power and influence to make things happen” (The Top 2%.  Nightingale Learning Systems).

A Game Plan for Reaching the Top 2%

identify-ppt-18bc11. Identify Your Top 2% Achievement

The research from Nightingale reveals that having an overarching sense of purpose is a key to getting into the top 2 percent of your field.  Simply put, knowing what you want to be good at is the first step in getting into the top 2%.

 2.  Watch and Learn from The Top 2%ersBrady-and-Belichick-make-for-a-super-combo-90SO42V-x-large

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then flatter yourself by imitating the behaviors of the top 2%ers in your chosen field.

mother-teresa3. Help others get to the Top 2%

Making the top 2% is not good enough; the true hallmark of a top 2%er is the desire to lift others to into its ranks.

 

The Bottom Line: See You in the Top 2%

“You are the light of the world” is how Jesus describes you and me in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14).  God has built us to achieve the top 2%, perhaps not in everything, but clearly in the areas that we decide to dedicate our time, effort, and talent.  We can achieve prodigious things when we are operating in the top 2% zone for our families, our communities and ourselves.

O.K. enough of writing about the top 2%, time to go about achieving it.  Got my running shoes on now and I am about to hit the road for a run.  I am looking forward to seeing you whiz by me on the road to reaching for the top 2%.

 

 

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