How do top performers manage when things don’t go their way?
The ability to handle adversity is a critical differentiator when it comes to performance. Dealing with it properly can be a competitive advantage.
When I’m asked to help with talent evaluation and recruiting, I make it a point to examine failure. When watching a sporting event I look to see how players respond after making a mistake. Do they sit there and pout? Do they blame the officials or teammates? Or do they get back up and try to make a difference on the next play?
Most of my clients are high achievers and many are perfectionists. They have a lot of experience in dealing with success, but very little in dealing with failure. Suddenly you may find yourself unsure what to do.
The best performers are able to recover quickly after making a mistake. They understand the notion of… “I can fail and still be okay”. In other words, they recognize their mistakes, learn from them quickly, and move on to the next play.
Hope you find this helpful.
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