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How do you embrace the pressure of each challenge?

Do you handle pressure like a champion?

Challenges come in many forms and varying levels of severity.  With challenges come pressure as well.  Some of the small, almost insignificant variety, such as where are we going to eat dinner?  But some carry massive importance on your life, legacy, and career.  With the NFL Playoffs in full swing as well as the Australian Open in tennis, I wanted to get into some tips on how you can embrace these challenges as opposed to shy away from them.  The #CJJblog this week gives you some tips on how you can take on these challenges for your team and individually.  Enjoy.

  • Deserve it.  Would you say you are well prepared for your challenge?  Have you put in enough work behind the scenes to earn this opportunity?  The more you prepare, the less pressure you will feel.
  • Selflessness.  Do you (and your team members) consistently ask how can I help the team?  Or is it a constant me-first attitude?  When was the last time you asked one of your team members “How can I help you become a champion?”
  • Attention to detail.  This should be your gameplan going into a pressurized game: 1) Exploit your opponents weaknesses, 2) Take away your opponents strengths, and 3) Adapt in real time if things go awry.
  • Practice.  Are your practices and training sessions more difficult than the actual game?  What type of stressful situations can you put your team in to get them prepared for the real deal?
  • Perseverance.  The best way to take away the shock factor of a pressure situation is to do things outside your comfort zone.  Try new things and allow your team to experience tough situations in practice.
  • Mental.  How do you prepare your mind?  Do you meditate consistently?  Visualization can also go a long way toward success and increasing confidence.
  • Others.  Are others helping or hindering you?  Are you able to get motivation and growth from those around you?  Surround yourself with those who will hold you accountable for your actions.
  • Rest.  Proper rest and recovery is essential to success.  Make sure to give your team sufficient downtime and remember to laugh around them to lighten the mood.
  • Mindset.  Champions have a no matter what mindset that allows them to be mentally strong.  Get your mind in the right place is crucial to performing well under pressure.

Did You Know?  It has been 18 years since the magical J-Mac night that changed so many lives.  Check out the most recent podcast episode HERE as we remember how it all went down and check in with J-Mac himself.

Life Tip #13:  Meditate or sit quietly for at least 15 minutes each day

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