Seeing the athletes focus, do their best, fall down, and get up again has been so inspiring.
I’ve always been a skating fan, so my eye has been on that group and listening to their interviews after their performances!
Gracie Gold says, she doesn’t engage fear. “You won’t be successful if you let fears in. I just don’t allow myself to go there!”
She says, “ The last thing you want to be feeling when you step out onto that ice, alone, in a dress, in front of all these people, is not confident in yourself.”
Of course, like all skaters she has had her moments of falling in front of thousands of people including the judges, however her conviction allows her to just get up, go on, and learn from it.
How many of you feel like you have crashed and fallen?
Maybe you scheduled a workshop, announced it to the world and then had to cancel it because not enough people registered.
How did it make you feel?
Some comments I’ve heard from my clients include:
I felt like quitting, it all felt too hard.
I felt shame and embarrassment and just wanted to hide.
I felt I was exposing my worst side and people would no longer trust me.
It eroded my confidence and didn’t want to try again.
I too have felt all those ways and yet, something in me made me get up and keep going.
The biggest problem is doing the opposite of what Gracie says. You buy into the fear and your confidence disappears. From that place you “feel like quitting,” but you don’t actually quit, you just mope around and feel bad about yourself. You do small things to keep it all going but, just barely.
By the way, nothing is wrong or bad about quitting. However it’s never good to make that decision when you have fallen. You don’t want such an important decision to be made as a reaction to your shame or humiliation.
If these skaters and skiers can fall, mess up, do it in front of a billion people, and still get back up and go for it again 100%, why can’t you?
There is no good answer to this question. You can, but you don’t, when you choose to give in to those disabling emotions.
If you were operating like these athletes and had that level of confidence and commitment, what would your business look like, how would you be a different leader of your company?
A real leader, or CEO doesn’t mope around and hide. She stands up strong and that’s what thousands of people see.
Confidence and determination are magnets to your clients.
My challenge to you this week is to notice every time you fall and right at that moment, choose to get back up immediately with even more focus.
If you need a confidence champion contact me. This is why people like Gracie Gold hire coaches!
Running your own business is not easy and if you were going after the Olympics of the business world, what would you do differently?
I’d love to hear about times you have fallen and how you felt. Just sharing can change your energy and build your confidence.