There is a great football video doing the rounds on YouTube which caught my eye and got me thinking about Travel Homeworking What’s Possible.
The video is a clip from a penalty shootout. The penalty taker fiercely strikes the ball which in turn strikes the cross bar. Whilst the goalkeeper celebrates by running away from the goal, the penalty taker has his head in his hands. Until that is the ball comes back down to earth, bounces, and the spin on the ball takes it back towards the goal. The ball bounces again, and then again….into the goal!
The penalty taker is jubilant. The goalkeeper gutted!!
The change of emotions is something that a Travel Homeworker will face and have to deal with regularly. I’m going to get this sale! Aaaahhhh, the client has changed their mind. Wait…I might still be able to bag the business…..Sale made!
The key thing here is what is possible. A good friend of ours at Holidaysplease is Jamie Edwards. Jamie is a Peak Performance coach who works with international sports people and top business execs to help them perform at their best.
Jamie uses the analogy of a penalty to highlight the power of thinking about what is possible.
The penalty taker has practised his penalties ahead of the big game. Practice has been good and he feels confident that he will score. So, will he definitely score? Of course not. Could he miss? May be.
The key here is that it is possible that he will score, and it is possible that he may miss. When we think about what is possible, we are more able to deal with the consequences. And that ability is what sets apart those who perform consistently well, and those that get carried away with short term success and lose focus or others who find themselves dragged down by failure.
Every Travel Homeworker will have days, weeks, months that don’t go well, even the very best! The important thing is to have the grit and belief to stay upbeat so that the sales start to flow again. It is just as important to avoid thinking you have it made after a good week or two. Do so and you may well find your effort levels drop and that results start to dry up.
In Travel Homeworking What’s Possible is the mindset for long term success. And always expect the unexpected, you never know which way the bookings ball may spin!