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How do you pull off a major upset?

Have you pulled off an upset?

After watching Novak Djokovic lose to Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament, it got me thinking about what makes up a major upset.  Is it all just dumb luck?  Is it as simple as someone being off their game on any given day?  In the #CJJblog this week, I wanted to look deeper into how to pull off a major upset.  Enjoy.

  • Up your game. Up your preparation and deserve victory.  Preparation is half the battle when seeking a win.  An upset can happen if the “favorite” fails to prepare adequately.
  • Analyze your opponent. Make sure you study your opponent.  What are their strengths?  What are their weaknesses?  How will they try and attack you?
  • Believe in your game plan. Your game plan going into the game may be challenged, but you have to stick to the script.  A major upset cannot happen unless the underdog is relentless with what they do best.
  • Come back. How do you react when you are knocked down?  Can you take a punch?  The team that is the most resilient usually comes out on top.
  • Take risks. Don’t be shy about taking risks.  In most cases, you have nothing to lose.  Change it up and catch your opponent off-guard.  How do you go about taking calculated risks?
  • We are all aware of the definition of insanity.  Be prepared to adapt and make in-game adjustments.  What is your Plan B?  You may have to use it to pull off an upset.
  • After you have pulled off a major upset, use it as knowledge moving forward.  Did you discover something about your team that you didn’t know before?  Take it in and use it to propel you to greater heights.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will be delivering his Leadership keynote to the leadership team at Aldridge Electric Company in Chicago, IL on September 19th.

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