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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/14/2022

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/14/2022

We’ve all seen a far stronger athletic team defeated by a weaker one. While it’s true that there are always “upsets” I think there’s a more fundamental reason, and it’s part of the stronger team’s mental set.

When you’re playing an inferior team (according to their record, the caliber of their players, and so on) you simply don’t prepare as assiduously. I don’t care what anyone says, when the perceived challenge is lower then the discipline and preparation are lower. Even when the stronger team prevails, it’s often after falling behind early and then developing the discipline and determination to rally.

This occurs in many facets of our lives. If we think we’re appearing before lower level people we’re often not as “hyped” and eager, and we deliver a mediocre presentation. If the interviewer of a podcast has a small audience, we’re not as energetic, not as prepared, not as interesting.

An excellent competitor should bring out the best in us, but so should any competitor. We tend to lose when we simply “mail it in.”

My tendency is to compete against myself no matter what the situation. I want to see if I can continue to improve my performance, my productivity, my results. I show up on time, do the best I can, and then go home, comfortable that I’ve done my best.

This is why Tom Cruise is such a bankable actor. No matter what film he’s making—whether a horrible science fiction stinker or “A Few Good Men”—he’s always delivered a great performance.

His movie was “Top Gun: Maverick.” My book was Million Dollar Maverick. Not bad company.

 

The biggest competition is myself. I am not looking to follow others or pull them down. I’m planning to test my own boundaries. —Rain

If you’re a true warrior, competition doesn’t scare you. It makes you better. —Andrew Whitworth

You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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