Monthly Archives: August 2016

“Dave Ramsey is wrong.”

That title startled me with its boastful claim. I watched the video last week.

Thousands of people follow Ramsey’s advice and praise him highly.

So what’s the problem?

Watch the video and see if you agree.  I do.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Does “clutch” exist?

“Clutch!” proclaimed the Olympics sports announcer from the arena in Brazil.

He just finished watching two USA women’s gymnasts perform their “Event Finals” routines in the Floor Exercise. This was the final competition for the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics at the Rio Olympics.

While many of their competitors made “beginner’s errors” or messed up skills they had c0nsistently performed earlier in the Games, Alexandra Raisman and Simone Biles kept calm and performed their routines without the mistakes commonly attributed to overwhelming mental pressure. Such players are referred to as a “clutch” in the world of sports.

In team sports such as baseball and American football, players with the “clutch” reputation are frequently brought into a game near the end, when many players begin making mistakes because of the increased pressure to win the game. “Clutch” players seem to perform as well, or even better, when the mental pressure is high.

I recognized their routines– that was the third time Ms. Biles performed the same routine in the final rounds for Team, All-Around, and Apparatus Events. On video I also watched her SAME routine from performances earlier in the year. Same effects with Ms. Raisman. The announcers echoed my thoughts, reinforcing the observation these WERE the same routines performed many times this competition season, and in fact the ladies performed them “better each time.”

What makes a “clutch”? Is it something they’re born with?

While the judges were calculating the score, I reflected on my knowledge of the “Clutch” phenomenon.

Last year I read the book “Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most” by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry.

The authors claim “clutch” doesn’t exist.

Their research shows the players who perform well under pressure also perform well when the pressure is minimal.

In other words, “clutch” players are consistent performers who have the mental toughness to reduce or ignore the self-defeating thoughts that lead to errors.

The announcer’s comments support the authors’ conclusions.

Ms. Biles and Ms. Raisman performed the same routines with increasing confidence. I’m sure “body memory” adds to the confidence, because if one has performed a routine many times it becomes almost second-nature.

A more accurate term for “clutch” is “consistent.”

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

P.S. Congratulations to all athletes participating in the Rio Olympics, including #Love4GabbyUSA

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Practical Magic

We had been shopping in earnest for our first house for two months.

Each morning I scanned the real estate Multiple Listing Service (MLS) results from our Realtor, looking for a home for sale in the areas of town we liked.

If I spotted one that had our required features, I drove to it in the early afternoon and looked at the exterior. If I also liked the condition of the houses on the block and across the street, I dialed our Realtor from my mobile phone and booked our walkthrough for that evening.

If my husband and I liked the interior, we drove to our realtor’s office directly afterward to submit an offer.

During that summer the overall economic situation in southeast Michigan created a large demand for properties, and frequently a property would sell for higher than the asking price. That’s what Realtors call a “bidding war.”

It was a string of long days, and we were feeling frustrated.

By mid-August I had exhausted all my ideas… except one.

I called our Realtor and declared, “I’m going to do what ALWAYS works.”

He queried, “What is that?”

“I’m going to order one thousand business cards with our current address.”

The Realtor laughed and said, “Do it!”

I approved the business card design via email and paid for the $67 order on August 21st.

On August 24, the MLS displayed several new entries… one of which had all the features we wanted, was in the right section of town, and was in our price range. We completed the purchase on November 4.

Now I’m not saying the Arizona-based printer had some sort of inside influence with the Michigan real estate market. However, I felt more hopeful and relaxed when I purchased those business cards.

Here’s the question:

What small and fun action can you take in your business right now?

It’s not necessarily a magical charm, but it can do something more important: shift your mindset to a more relaxed and joyfully-anticipating one.

Sometimes that is all you need to get a freshened restart on your project.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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All Glory, No Grunt.

Shows up late, if at all, to set up the tables and chairs for a training session not held at their house.
Disappears when it’s time to clean up.

Falsely insinuates or outright fakes receiving an award, higher rank, or close friendship with a company icon.

Charming, overly confident, and sucks up all the oxygen in the room.

As leaders of our teams, we should be ever-watchful for these behaviors.

Is anyone coming to mind?

Touts for a large expenditure of money or time, claims “I’m a big supporter,” but never contributes the funds nor more-than-minimal effort.

Dominates the speaking time when teamed with another person or during panel discussions. Other speakers have to interject, “Can I add something here?” just to get their own opinion briefly heard.

Only praises the people who are quickly rank-advancing.

These are warning signs.

Is your organization being hijacked by someone like this?

Not a respectful listener.

Somehow, in every conversation or presentation, they and their situation become the center of attention.

Only willing to learn from people of higher rank. Not open to wisdom nor insights from people holding lower ranks, even when they are instructors at a company event… instead, you will see this person chatting in the back of the room or their face is bathed in the bright bluish light of their smartphone’s social media apps.

These behaviors diminish morale.

Do you see these destructive so-called “leaders” in your organization?

Makes an “appearance” at events when the top field leaders or corporate officers come to town, but can’t be bothered to attend the local ongoing presentations and trainings.

Rarely verbally supports another person’s idea with “Great idea, Kerry!”

Takes an idea overheard in a conversation and presents it to the group as their own.

Makes comparisons of speed or rank to their guests in ways that are meant to be slyly insulting… typically right in front of your face, so you look unprofessional if you lose your composure or contradict them.

I have seen each of these behaviors throughout my nearly 20 years in the network marketing profession. All of those observations have fostered a sharpened “jerk radar” in my brain.

I can name a specific person for each example, but I will hold my silence. Through their actions they taught me “how not to be a leader.” And nowadays it’s easy for me to spot the “bad apples”… and quickly identify the leaders worth following.

Please know the distributors who act in the described fashion may have good intentions, but their actions are poisonous to creating a supportive and encouraging environment.

Be willing to peel past the shiny skin-deep facade of even the highest-advanced distributors in your company. A few human-nature blemishes are fine, but a rotten core will chase people out of your team.

In the end, don’t be “That Guy” or “That Woman.”

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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