Last week I shared the first two of 5 keys to getting the right job! You can listen to the Podcast with Olympic Gold winning Coach, Peter Jensen, as he shares his role in helping Canada’s Woman’s Hockey Team win the gold medal in 2002 and 2006. These are the final 3 keys that he used in his role as their coach to attain the goal they all desired. These same principles, when applied to your career, can make the difference in achieving your career goals.
- Energy Management
Managing energy, not time, is the key to achieving high-level performance. If your energy or adrenaline levels run too high, you risk choking because you get too anxious about the outcome. This is true of athletes. Consider what happened to the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings in the 2005/2006 National Hockey League season. Both teams did extremely well in the regular season schedule, but during the Stanley Cup playoffs they failed to manage their energy by reserving some for when they needed it most. As a result, both teams, although heavily favored, were eliminated in the early rounds of the playoffs. They over performed in the regular season and under performed when it really mattered. Peter Jensen notes that "arousal leads to narrow focus, and narrow focus leads to missing critical information that one needs to perform at high levels." If you get angry or upset, it will hinder your ability to perform well. If you’ve ever found yourself running late for an interview, you’ll understand how trying to make up for those lost minutes can affect you. Your energy level will peak too early, and you may overlook things that you wanted to say or questions you wanted to ask. When you’re distracted or upset, your body uses up more physical and emotional energy. Energy management is especially important when you are in a situation where you will make a first impression.
When I talk with clients, I will often tell them about the bulls-eye effect as it relates to curling. The key to curling is to focus on putting the rock at the centre of the ring. You must decide what you want to do, then settle upon a strategy and actions that will move you towards this goal. In the case of the Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, their goal was, obviously, to win the gold medal. In your case, it may be to fit into a new role or do well in an interview situation. As Peter Jensen says, "Once you have a destination, it is amazing what you can get. You will start to notice that everything you read or see on TV shows is [suddenly] lining up with your vision. If you decide tomorrow that you are going to go to Italy, you will start to notice all kinds of Italian things." The same truism applies if you decide you want to join the police force. This clear and specific vision will open up many doors that align with this goal. Focus will also help you to pay attention to things that will make this outcome easier.
- You Still Need to Work Hard
When Peter helped the womens hockey players attain their dreams of winning the gold medal, he helped them with all of the principles mentioned above: perspective, imagery, energy management and focus. The players were a very talented group of women, and they worked very hard for every goal and win that occurred. Similarly, you need to be talented and work very hard for every interview and career situation. Make the most of each opportunity that comes your way. Otherwise, all of the principles that apply above will not matter. There are some essential job search skills that you can’t leave home without. It is easy to start strong and then burn out just as you are getting the right job leads. Set realistic but challenging goals and assess your day-to-day productivity truthfully. You are your job-search team’s workforce and management. It’s a tough job, but you can be successful!
One common theme we have from most of our new clients is they feel guilty and inadequate for not being where they want to be and "needing" help. Every winning team has a coach, to guide, motivate and inspire. It is a success principle. Are you getting what you want from your career? Who’s your coach? Book an initial consultation.
Along the road with you,
This week’s 10 Minute WORKout
How good are you at managing your energy? How focused are you?