Throughout my years, I have spent countless hours learning from many different leaders. I take lessons from wherever I can so that I can continue to grow as a leader, a professional, and a successful person. One of those leaders that has dramatically impacted the way I think is Steve Siebold. A professional leadership trainer, former athlete, national coach, and successful international businessman, Steve has the real world experience necessary to train individuals to perform at their peak. He talks about the mental toughness of world-class performers (those who are the greatest among their professions) and what to do to develop your own mental toughness. Today we’re going to talk about his 10th secret: Compartmentalizing Emotions.
A leader must face several different challenges every day. Some of those challenges may be tied to an individual, some to a process, and some to external factors. Each of these challenges carries an emotional weight to it, causing average performers to make decisions that aren’t necessarily the most logical – decisions that won’t get the desired result. The problem is that average performers allow those emotional ties to weigh on their decision making process, which distorts their perspective on both the right path and the desired outcome. World-class performers do it a little differently.
The world class know how to separate the problem and decision making process from the emotion and situation, allowing a clear and objective look at reality. From this perspective they can make a clear and logical decision, take the necessary action, and move on to the next scenario that requires their attention. They do it without carrying the weight of the past decision’s emotion along, making their future processes equally easy.
My favorite part about Steve’s book, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, is the action step that he offers at the end of every secret. For this secret, he suggests the following:
Commit to compartmentalizing problems by focusing on one problem at a time. Imagine you are the President of the United States. You must keep a clear, unemotional mind during the problem-solving process. The masses multitask. The great ones focus.
– Steve Siebold, from 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
Share with us your problem solving processes in the comments, as well as your thoughts on today’s lesson. See you next week!