Pick up the Pace – Part 2
Last week I wrote a post entitled “Pick Up the Pace” where I likened my leadership growth to my tennis game. I loved the analogy so much I’ve continued to process it. Here are some more of my thoughts:
When my tennis coach forces me to pick up the pace, I’ve discovered that I become laser focused. I’m no longer thinking or worrying about whether the players on the other courts are watching me and noticing all my errors, I’m no longer worried about what I’m wearing and whether I’m sweating profusely, and I’m not watching the clock. Nope. All of these things that have a tendency to distract me are no longer an issue because I HAVE to focus. At this pace it’s no longer an option to be distracted. I’m concerned about my opponent, the ball and my racket – that’s it! And that’s enough. Because quite honestly I don’t think my capacity has really increased. I wish I could say that I’ve transformed into Serena Williams, but I haven’t.
I’m still me with my capacity…
…and in order to operate at this pace of play I have to focus.
And if I focus, I am better… at what’s most important.
What’s important to me has been redefined. Increased pace challenges me to focus on the things that really matter. And if I’m on that court, the only things that really matter are what’s happening on that court.
Are you seeing the parallel? What’s on your leadership court these days? What do you need to focus on? What do you need to block out from the sidelines?
As leaders we have a tendency to want to do it all. And oftentimes we think we should be able to do it all. But we are setting ourselves up for exhaustion and burnout. Yes, your pace is going to pick up, but you’ll only be able to maintain that if you learn to be laser focused.