What do Olympic losses and business success have in common?

I adore reading autobiographies and stories about Olympic-caliber athletes. The sport doesn’t matter: short track speed skating, swimming, gymnastics, curling, tennis, etc.

I comb through their books, looking for answers to these questions:

When the pressure was on, and you “failed,” how did you maintain your confidence for the remainder of the competition? During your next competition? And how did you prevent it from causing long-term regret?

You see, I’m more interested in how someone recovers from a mistake than the details of their training routines. You might say I have a fascination with their “non-clutch” behaviors.

At the world-class or Olympic level of competition, the athletes usually have the same quality of body type and physical training as their competitors.

As many such athletes and coaches have stressed, it’s the mental preparation and emotional intelligence that make the difference.

Likewise, it’s the same “ability to recover from ‘failure'” that will determine the long-term success of distributors in our profession.

The stakes may feel as crucial: If this person doesn’t sign up, I won’t qualify for this month’s leaderboard. If I miss my month-end-production level, I’ll lose a rank.

Those situations are important milestones in a distributor’s business. (Did you think I was going to tell you otherwise?)

And when disappointment sets in, how do you handle it? How long do you stay out of the game? How long do you let the experience deflate your confidence?

If you have access to Netflix, I suggest you watch a few episodes of the newly-released “Losers.” If you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate the behind-the-scenes discussions of the courageous athletes who tell their not-so-glamorous stories.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

P.S. I receive no compensation of any type for mentioning Netflix or its programs.

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