Under Pressure? Keep Cool And Lead Your Team

by | Dec 14, 2021 | blog, Business Planning, mindset, Uncategorized

Have you ever had a moment in your business where you thought to yourself, “I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not cut out for this. I should’ve achieved more by now.”? 

Well, first of all, stop talking to yourself like that! 

Secondly, your attitude affects more than just yourself. 

And thirdly, you’re in good company – we all feel this at times!

As a leader, your positivity sets the tone for everything in your workplace. From your teammates’ experience to interactions with clients. 

During the lockdown in March 2020, like many, we had to move our in-person training online. These clients were profoundly impacted by the  pandemic and these were emotional meetings. 

Each week someone would announce their decision to cancel the season of performances. I wanted these calls to be a safe place to share our fears and worries. 

I was intentional about setting the tone.

There was so much fear and uncertainty surrounding the shutdowns, but those calls centered on our support for each other. 

Acknowledging my clients’ hardships and committing to finding solutions together reignited their drive. 

Together, we focused on a positive future, instead of ruminating on losses and uncertainties. 

Optimism In Action

I don’t want it to sound like I’m talking about putting blinders on. Or choosing to remain blissfully unaware of problems within our business. 

I’m talking about acknowledging the realities of any situation. Intentionally keeping your mind receptive to positivity.

Here’s an example of how I keep cool under pressure:

Last summer I went kayaking with a friend, and we had a great time on a beautiful day. 

All of a sudden, my Ménière’s disease acted up and caused a severe dizzy spell. 

Being dizzy on a kayak was a stressful situation, to say the least!

But I stayed positive and reminded myself, “Nothing dangerous is happening right now. I’m not alone. This will pass.”

By keeping calm and positive, my friend guided me to shore, and helped me home. 

This is the attitude I choose in business and life, so I can continue to move forward. No matter what life throws at me.

How To Boost Your Self-Belief

Henry Ford famously said, “if you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” And it still rings true today. 

Mindset is vital to our ability to overcome setbacks and remain resilient. 

The good news is that building a positive mindset is one of those things that gets easier with practice. 

Here are a few tips to boost your self-belief:

  1. Teach yourself to think, “I’m going to figure this out” versus “I don’t know how to do this.”
  2. Don’t be afraid of throwing spaghetti at the wall. (That is optimism in action). Sometimes we don’t have everything figured out yet… and that’s okay!
  3. Say “I get to” instead of “I have to.” It shows that we have a choice and that our actions are valuable. 

Summary

Optimism and self-belief go hand-in-hand.

That doesn’t mean they come naturally to us all. But it means that practicing one will naturally strengthen the other.

I hope this blog inspires you to consider points of view different from your initial (negative) gut reaction. It will make you a better team leader and business owner.

 

 

 

SRL

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you grow your business:

1. Grab my Guide & Workbook to keeping your cool and making money- even during a global pandemic!
Can you make money, grow your business, and survive a pandemic all at the same time? The quick answer is yes.  — Click Here

2. Book a free strategy chat
You can grow your business bigger than you imagine possible, even during a pandemic.  Here’s what will happen – we will chat about your vision for your biz, where you are right now and any challenges you are facing.— Click Here

3. I’m looking for a few specific people to join me for my live training, where we will spend 90 minutes a week for 90 days to exponentially grow your business.

Just send me a message with DOUBLE in the subject line to get more details.