Some of you may have heard of or read a book that came out last year called The ONE Thing.

Gary Keller who is the Founder and Chairman of the board of Keller Williams Realty wrote a book on how improving your focus, isolating it to ONE THING would help you to improve your overall performance.

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be on their podcast (which will launch in June) to discuss how this book applies to high level athletes and high level performers.

So when I was asked by the host, “How do Professional Athletes deal with failures?” I simply responded by saying, “They Re-frame.”

The greatest players in the World are able to use the Art of Reframing to take a poor performance and make it great.

What is reframing? Reframing is taking a result and reframing it towards the positive. In baseball, not hitting 7 out of 10 times, means you failed 7 times. Or does it?

Players like Derek Jeter would beg to differ. The reframe of this situation would say, “I am due for a hit and if I can get a hit 3 out of 7 times, I will be in the Hall of Fame.”

A quick switch of mindset forbids the engram of negative thoughts to be saved in the mind and creates a more fertile ground for positive thoughts and positive results to manifest and occur.

The host of the podcast quickly switched gears and said, “Well since they are elite athletes I am sure it is easier for them.. but what about the business owner that is constantly met by conflicts and problems?”

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Once again, my response was as follows, “ If you are in business, you are going to have issues. You are a professional firefighter- so always have your gear ready. Being in business means problems. Staffing issues to building issues to technology problems. These are all par for the course so get used to it. If you can’t handle these things and do not accept them as part of the game, you should not be in business.”

You see, knowing the game you are playing is essential to sustainability. Reframing negatives to positives will keep you playing longer.

Success is the result of many failures. You must fail to succeed. If you can reframe the failures as just a part of the process and path towards winning, your anxiety level will drop tremendously. Your reactivity and response to problems will improve dramatically.

I will leave with this: “A manager and leader of any kind should expect adversity and problems to present themselves. But you must remember, managers and leaders are put in these positions because they can solve their issues better than anybody else on the team. Dig in. Embrace. Reframe. Succeed.” #likeapro


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