Take one step at a time. Clear one hurdle at a time. If you get ahead of yourself, you run the risk of getting cocky. I saw it happen in the Super Bowl game last Sunday. At one point the San Francisco 49ers thought they had won the game. Between plays, they even sat together on the field as though they were posing for their photo as the Super Bowl champions. Well, we all know how that turned out.
We’ve all been there. We’ve all been in that moment when we thought we won the trophy, landed the sale, or got the promotion. Then suddenly someone else’s name was called. Totally shocked, we end up thinking: “what just happened here?”
So, how do we prepare for that? How do we stay in the moment and focus on the goal that is right in front of us? One of my tricks is to picture a bullseye. There, right in the center, I can actually visualize what I want – what I am striving for. Everything else goes away and I can only see the center of that bullseye. That way, it doesn’t matter if someone else is winning or getting ahead of me. My laser focus causes me to remain steady.
Does this work every single time? I think you already know the answer to that. But on those occasions when it doesn’t work, it keeps me from getting cocky, from being blindsided, and to keep moving forward, no matter how much my surroundings may change. Think of it as the game of life, and on those days when things don’t go as planned, you can always drop back 10 yards and punt.