“The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.”
– Benjamin Disraeli
Are you confident and in control when you most need to be? As you prepare for your biggest challenges in life, do you know how to control your confidence and other emotions? Or do you leave them to chance?
When your conscious and subconscious minds are aligned, you have likely prepared well both physically and technically, and you consciously take control of how you think about and respond to your emotions.
Fearless leaders are Mindset Maniacs. They create an optimal mindset before they engage in their most challenging or most important business and personal situations, such as a big sale, running an important meeting, speaking, interviewing for a new job, conducting or receiving a performance review or job interview, or arriving at home after a hard day.
This last one is particularly important to working mothers. When they return home from a long day, working mothers must make a quick change from the role of efficient employee or executive to the equally challenging task of loving mom. The key here is preparation. On your way home and well before you come in the door, construct a mindset that will allow to participate in and appreciate the best part of your day.
We’ve learned especially from working with Special Operations forces, Olympic as well as professional athletes that it’s critically important to take control of your mindset before engaging in what’s important to you. In the previous blot, we outlined the importance of creating a first step in how to create aligned minds. The next step is for you to take charge of preparing physically, technically mentally and emotionally.
Fearless Leaders show up ready for their most important and most challenging situations, just as world-class athletes and Special Forces personnel do. They learn how to become technically, physically and mentally ready to be their best under pressure to engage in their most important situations. And so can you – with rigorous preparation.
On a cold winter day in 2011, a man opened fire in a parking lot in Casas Adobes, Arizona, seriously wounding U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others – six of whom, including a 9-year old girl, died of their injuries.
This tragedy could have been much worse had it not been for the well-trained and prepared deputies of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Two years before that sad day, the department’s leadership had created the First Five Minutes, a protocol that moved well beyond basic first aid to allow police officers to sustain both themselves and others in life-threatening medical emergencies. Although no one had anticipated such a horrifying situation that day, the police were nevertheless prepared.
Extraordinary preparation is characteristic of Fearless Leaders.
There are three aspects of preparation, physical, technical and mental/emotional preparation. Going forward, we will concentrate mostly on the mental and emotional preparation, since its focus is on the high-performance psychological secrets shared by many Fearless Leaders.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation for which you’d prepared, without thinking that that moment might arrive?
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For questions about this post or for information on becoming a fearless leader, contact Dr. Cathy Greenberg and The Fearless Leader Group at (888) 320-1299 or by email at email@example.com.