“Lean In” to seek Challenges, take Risks, and pursue your Goals!

While speaking on the Athletic Mindset at a charity event supporting childhood literacy, a young business woman asked me, “What was the key that lead to my success?” Without blinking an eye, I immediately responded with two things; you’ve got to “want the ball” and

“You’ve got to take risk!”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, made similar references in her book called Lean In. Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. (Amazon) The “big break” moment When an opportunity of a lifetime comes along, do you take it, or are you too busy complaining about what everyone is getting or doing to even see it? This is that “big break” that could be there for you, if you are looking. Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time. Other times you just become “noticed.” It’s time to become Aware of these moments when that perfect pitch is thrown to you, and you swing for the fence! It’s time to open your eyes, because when they happen, seize that moment, or Carpe Diem! Athletic Mindset Awareness is one of the 3 tools for success we teach in The Athletic Mindset. It is when you are handed the ball, and for first time you can see the end-zone. This is your moment to run with that ball as fast as you can… and score your goal!  Practice, practice, practice! Question, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Answer, “Practice, practice, practice.” You must prepare for YOUR moment or you may not be ready when the ball is thrown to you. Be like the great athlete going for the gold in their sport. Put your time in so you are ready when the opportunity arises. Start with a simple “elevator pitch” of what you do and the benefits of helping others. You never know when you are riding up in the elevator with the CEO for the first time, and he says, “What do you do here?” You were just thrown the ball… what are you going to do with it? Elevator pitch tips
  1. Describe your job (or your desired position) in three sentences or less.
  2. Identify in your pitch what makes you and your ideas different.
  3. Be confident (but not cocky).
  4. Don’t let others take you off of your path. Steer clear of the “crab buckets.”
  5. Look for opportunities… take the shot when they throw you the ball!
  6. Practice your elevator pitch in front of the mirror. Stand tall, shoulders back and smile!
You can achieve whatever it is you want when you have the Awareness to see the opportunity in front of you, and have the confidence to seize it.

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