Seize The Moment
I can recall many moments in my life where the spotlight and pressure was on me and I rose to the occasion and hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth.
I can also remember many moments where I failed under pressure and walked away knowing I didn’t do by best.
Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and change my moments of defeat. I wish I was granted a "DO OVER" and given the opportunity to change history. But that only works in movies.
Unfortunately we can't change the past, but we can create a better future.
In studying the best of the best I have discovered how and why they have a knack for rising to the occasion when the pressure is the greatest. They are able to seize the moment. Whether it’s an athletic performance, a presentation to a client, a surgery, a lecture or a job interview the best are able to define the moment rather than letting the moment define them. How do they do this?
The best seize the moment because they don't allow their fear of failure to define them. When the best are in the midst of their performance, they are not thinking "What if I win?" or "What if I lose?" They are not thinking "What if I make a mistake or fail?" The best are focused solely on the moment. They are one with the moment.
So what does this mean for you and me? It means that we can learn to seize the moments in our life. In Training Camp I wrote:
To seize the moment, don’t let your failure define you; let it fuel you. Let it push you into the moment and beyond yourself. Let it inspire you to live and work each day as though it was your last.
Don't focus on the past, and don't look to the future. Focus on the now. Success, rewards, accolades, fame, and fortune are merely byproducts for those who are able to seize the moment - not those who look beyond it.
Ironically, to enjoy success you must not focus on it. Rather, you must focus on the process that produces success.
The moment is really all you have and when you engage and become one with it, you can soar to new heights. When the spotlight is on you don’t worry, don’t fear, and don’t think. Just do what you do and the outcome will take care of itself.