Monday, October 26, 2009

Waiting for the shoe to drop

I work with an executive who told me he was expecting to be fired or demoted at any minute. That thought was in his head all day long for weeks, if not months.

He's a great guy, very sincere, very smart and yet he was preparing his "failure speech", kind of like you'd see at a press conference after a sporting event. You know, when the losing coach gets up and puts a spin on how the team lost. What a waste.

It's tempting to have the "failure speech" prepared and to practice it until it sounds pretty convincing. But that takes a lot of energy, focus and time--which are just what you need to overcome whatever it is that you need to do to succeed.
Why not forget the "failure speech" and put the time on fixing the issues; or better yet, enjoying what you're doing?

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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