Taking the next step

Posted under: Digital Natives 1st of May, 2013

I was playing a competitive match last night, against what we(my team) thought would be a strong opponent, and they absolutely demolished us because we idly sat back and let them slowly beat us.  During the match, one of my teammates had identified what the problem was, and he then spent the next 10-20 minutes, making sure that everyone else on the team, also knew.

Why is it that some people, when they spot a problem, feel the need to point it out not once, but repeatedly.  Honestly, who benefits from being told again and again what the problem is?  No-one.  Its like walking up to a locked door with a group of friends, and telling them “Guys, I think the door is locked, yeah guys the door’s locked”.  Congratulations, you’ve identified the problem, do you have a course of action, or will you stand there waiting for the door to unlock itself, now that you’ve detected the problem.

Surely, everyone can comprehend the next step; after identifying a problem, you find a solution.  People don’t need to be told that, do they?  What about in stressful situations, or when personal stakes are at risk.  People don’t think the same when they are pressured, regardless of what type of pressure it is.  In these situations, people become complacent and afraid to take lead.  Anyone can turn into Captain Hindsight, “oh we should of done this, or this could be done better”.  This doesn’t change the fact that, when put on the spot, some people are simply unable to think for themselves or take the necessary risks.  Professionals, of any form, will not be deterred, because they learn to deal with these conditions,and therefore are not afraid to take the next step.

So how does one become like the professionals? How do we improve ourselves to be better equipped to deal with stressful situations.

1. Practice makes perfect

““Amateurs practice something until they get it right. Professionals practice something until they can’t get it wrong”.  This applies to essentially everything because if you’ve had to deal with something before, then repeat encounters become less and less difficult to deal with.

2. Take the necessary risks

There are always associated risks, you don’t get something for nothing.  The objective is about getting the better trade, high gain low loss.

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