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As a leader, do you respond or react to adversity?

How do you react to adversity?

When adversity strikes, are you responsive or reactionary?  Being responsive means thinking through your next move, while reacting immediately can result in an emotional decision.  There are countless examples in sports of athletes experiencing adversity before accomplishing greatness.  In the #CJJblog this week I want to give you some tips on how to become more of a reactive decision-maker in times of adversity.  Enjoy.

  • Proactive mindset.  It is key to start with a proactive mindset so you can plan ahead and be prepared for adversity when it strikes.  How do you get yourself in a proactive mindset?
  • Always on stage.  Whether you are in practice, in a game, or at your place of work, you are always on stage and in the spotlight.  Letting your guard down can result in being unprepared for adversity.  Be the rock for others.
  • What could go wrong?  This is a tricky one because you shouldn’t always feel anxious , but always prepare your mind for what could happen.  Never lose control of your thoughts, but always have a plan B and plan C at the ready.
  • Body language.  Stay neutral and positive.  As a leader, others will look to you for guidance and to be that stabilizing force to calm things down.  What would others say about your body language on a daily basis??
  • No excuses.  The worst thing you can do during chaos is make excuses.  Instead, think on the fly and make adjustments.  Always lead by example and stay cool during times of adversity. What is the last excuse you made?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is traveling to Palm Springs, CA with his wife to visit their son, Tyler, this week.

Life Tip #29:  In decision making, always ask yourself “If I make this decision, then what?”

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