Having the ability to stay calm in a crisis situation i.e. winning with seconds to go, making the game winning jump shot, make a crucial leadership decision or deliver a crowd pleasing speech is a vital skill.
Even when things are going well, focus on the game in hand
Even when things are going well, focus on the game in hand. When things are going bad, stay calm and beware there are always opportunities to get back in the game. Top performing athletes always seek out the opportunity in a crisis.
Many of my clients are recruitment companies. Recruitment is a tough job and it can also be very rewarding. It is not uncommon to put a huge amount of work into a client, find them the perfect candidate, agree salary, terms and conditions and then for the deal to fall through.
The top performing recruitment consultants are able to manage the mist
This can cause the red or white mist! Those who panic and over exert their energy with aim to fix the end result may cause more harm than good (red mist). Some recruiters withdraw entirely and do nothing at all (white mist). The top performing recruitment consultants I have worked with are able to manage the mist, compose themselves and fix the problem or have maintain the clarity to find other solutions.
Whatever role you are in this type of behaviour is the difference between success and failure. As per Al Pacino's inspirational speech in the film Any Given Sunday, it is the inches that the make a difference, the margin for error is all around us.
Therefore you can have all the knowledge and skills in the world but if you’re not mentally tough or got tenacity and drive, and simultaneously manage your emotions, all your talent will all be wasted.