Reach Success: Raise Up Your Inner Champion
The Challenges of Success
It’s no secret that the road to success in sales or business has many challenges. Most people know that. We’ve all discovered this truth as we have worked towards our own personal success in our small business or our lives. Each time we are challenged, it’s comforting to know that there is a powerful champion spirit that can rise up inside of us and overcome the seemingly impossible challenges in our path.
Having this champion spirit gives us reassurance that we are on the right track towards success and that we can handle any trouble that come our way. It also builds resilience skills and the ability to perform well under high stress. I learned this valuable lesson when I was the team captain of my high school water polo team and now teach these skills in our top sales training seminars and coaching for small business.
What I Learned Playing High School Sports
Water polo is similar to hockey or soccer except there are two play areas: one is above the water which is visible to the spectators and the referees and the other is below the water where the action is distorted not only by splashing, but also from the depth and the refraction of the water. It is under water where much of the action takes place including grabbing, holding, kicking, and pulling all of which is unseen by the referees. Because most of these infractions go undetected by the referee no whistle or penalty is called. It is when a player retaliates above the water where the referee can see that the whistle is blown and a penalty is given. To “play the game” effectively a player has to remain calm, focus on the ball, the game and be able to “zone out” from the pain. If a player lets frustration and the desire to get even overcomes him then his ability to perform and play the game is lost.
The Hidden Battles
So it is with anything we will do in our business and lives. There are two battles to be waged: one that others can see and the other inside of us. Remember, to maintain your focus and like playing water polo, expect the ‘hit’, its part of the game. A ‘hit’ in your small business is any one of the many challenges you can face such as lacking time, money or even knowing what to do. The good news is that the more skilled you are the more of a potential success you become. Any attacks to knock you off your game are rewarded with the opportunity to overcome the challenge. So no matter what comes your way, keep summoning the champion inside and remember the lesson of the champion is one of strategy, resilience and self-control. To do that you will need to develop new skills. Here are the main ones you will need to work on.
The 5 Skills You Need to Master
1. Dare to Write Down Your Big Dream
Dream so big that if you tell the people closest to you they might think you’re crazy. Often we have some big dreams inside that we have never told anyone else about or even allowed ourselves to entertain. Without a dream, you will not have the emotional commitment when things get tough. Remember, today’s big businesses were once nothing more than entrepreneurs with big dreams!
2. Build an Iron Clad Coat of Confidence
The journey to your success will be stressful and will shake your confidence. You will need to have a sober and realistic view of your abilities and talents so when things get tough, you can remind yourself. A solid confidence will also help you attract good people and resources into your life as you move forward.
3. Exercise Your Determination
Determination is a muscle that you will need to exercise to make it strong enough for the journey to your success. Adversity will be your chosen ‘workout’ and you can expect to have a vigorous routine. All of these challenges will help you build the determination to overcome the urge to quit when the going gets tough.
4. Master Your Greatest Fear(s)
Being and living BOLD requires that you learn to master your fears. Bold people know how to champion their emotions to be courageous, brave and eventually fearless. Without mastery over their fears, any person with great potential will succumb to the lies of their fears as they justify mediocrity.
5. Create a Resilience Plan
It takes guts to build a team of people around who will support you through your journey. Not because they’re not available, but because you will need to admit you need and want the help. Most entrepreneurs and small business owners have a chronic do it yourself mentality that pulls them away from having great resources around them when they need it most.
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