Today’s post is by Jamie Crosbie, CEO and founder of ProActivate. Jamie is a certified peak performance mindset trainer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214/720-9922 to learn more about how her training can help your sales team reach peak performance levels.
Being in the jungle was bad enough. Being in a firefight with a foot caught in the wheel-track of a moving tank was worse. Sargent LeVane’s boot refused to budge, even as the tank moved closer and closer. Gunfire erupted all around. Completely unaware, the tank driver could not hear the sergeant’s urgent cries to stop. At the last possible second, LeVane managed to free his boot and roll away, just as the tank pushed through the trees. A second later would have meant certain death.
A highly decorated special forces vet, LeVane served three tours in Vietnam as part of the elite “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division. Like many other courageous soldiers, LeVane cultivated a strong mindset that allowed him to remain calm, focus on the problem at hand, adapt, and overcome the challenges of combat.
It’s a Jungle Out Here Too
While most of us do not face a literal firefight every day of the week, demanding careers and ever-shifting needs in our professional lives can create figurative skirmishes that can be quite daunting and get in the way of success. From insane turnaround times to sales meetings and paperwork blizzards, distractions and dilemmas can seriously derail your focus – clogging the wheels of your mental machine.
Successful people know that strong mental habits can make all the difference in business too. Here are some tips to help you go farther and fly higher.
Embrace Failure as a Friend: If you want to achieve success, you are going to need to get used to failing. A lot. Not only should you become accustomed to it; you should actively seek it in the sense that you are constantly improving and taking calculated risks. Successful leaders dare to look failure in the face and make calculated reactions when others fall to pieces because of pride or ego. While it is always pleasing to see the good in your work, do not waste excessive time when things don’t go as planned. Instead, be on the lookout for ways to refocus and reframe failed ideas into stepping stones.
Be Open to Change: When Gayle, a small business owner, bought a small movie theatre to hold community productions in, she found they had trouble drawing a crowd. The solution? For families, she added free movie nights that showcased old black-and-white films as well as a live comedy show where up-and-coming comedians could showcase their skills. Later she created a bookstore and coffee shop by knocking out walls and repurposing the space. Now she has a thriving business that serves local patrons looking for something different.
Save Your Mental Mojo: Ever wonder why Steve Jobs wore his famous turtleneck all the time? The answer is both simple and powerful: He wanted to reduce his choices so he could focus his attention on decisions that really mattered. Streamlining your choices and reducing decision making moments can save time and reduce stress. Whether you want to stick to a given breakfast or set up your inbox to optimize your time, taking the time to eliminate choices can pay large dividends in the end and help you achieve success.