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Are You Nurturing the Characteristics of Champions?

Feb 14, 2014

Posted by

Carla Cross

About Carla Cross, CRB, MA International speaker, trainer, and coach specializing in career development, business planning, brokerage management, leadership, and instructor development. What sets Read more

As managers, we are to develop the skills of each of our salespeople. That means we can take from the lessons of other great performers. As I write this, the winter Olympics are capturing people's attention and hearts. I just read an article about Jamie Anderson, a young woman who just won the slopestyle event in snowboarding. She had won more competitions than any woman in history, but the gold was looming in front of her. She said she was 'freaking out'. So, she relied on the positive affirmations she had with her: Some strings of mantra beads, and the Nas song "I Can".  She listened as Nas sang "I know I can" Be What I want to Be".

The Power of Visualization

Besides these tools for affirmations, Anderson closed her eyes and imagined her run, felt the landings, and saw her family cheering at the end of the run. Then, she launched her performance. It went as she imagined--and the result was a gold metal.

Three Lessons from Exceptional Performers

Now, to your performance. Let's take recruiting presentations as an example. What do you think about before you go into a recruiting presentation? How unprepared you are, or how frightening it will be when the agent throws an objection at you, or how it can go wrong? I know, as a long-time serious musician, if you think those negative things, that's what happens. So, instead, replace the negative thoughts with very positive ones.

Visualize the performance the way you want it to go--the sights, the sounds, the smells, the feelings. Visualize what happens at the end (the agent joins you and compliments you on the exceptional presentation!).

Do you take your positive affirmations with you?

Why not take some affirmations with you to keep the positive in mind--just like Anderson and her mantra beads and song.

It's All Mumblymook without Practice

All these visualizations and positive affirmations mean little without that great practice. I know, as a musician, I can visualize playing a great piano piece. But, if I didn't practice, it's not going to happen.....

Put These Three Things in your Performance Repertoire

1. Positive affirmations in the form of quotes, books, songs, etc.

2. Visualize success--along with visualizing the best 'end' you can imagine! Make it fun, vivid, and lively.

3. Practice!!!!!!!! Preparation is the best stage fright reducer, confidence maker, and self-esteem enhancer.

Now, you're creating what the champions in any performance field (sports, music, etc.) have learned to do.

Managers: Are you imbuing these qualities in your agents as you develop their expertise? I think that's our job!

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Managers: Take a look at my coaching tips, too, in Coaches' Corner. I help you coach to high performance and excellence.