A few weeks ago, I was in Little Rock, Arkansas watching my son-in-law, Bujon, play in the NJCAA national championship football game. Bujon was playing for Snow College, out of Utah. They were ranked number two in the nation and were playing a very talented opponent, Hutchinson (KS), that was favored to win the national title. Snow jumped out to a great start, took an early lead, and began to build on it.
Our seats were right behind the Hutchinson bench. It was interesting to watch how their team reacted to being down on the scoreboard for the first time this season. Players were fighting on the sideline, yelling, and blaming each other for everything that was going wrong.
Later on, at a key moment in the game the ref made a bad call against Snow. As the fans watched the replay on the big screen, it was obvious the ref made a mistake. But at the junior college level, they don’t have the luxury of using replay to validate a call. This mistake caused a change of possession, a shift in momentum and ultimately a touchdown for Hutchinson.
Throughout the year, Snow’s kicker had been outstanding. But in this national championship game, things were not clicking for him. He missed three field goal attempts. Most of which, he normally could make with his eyes closed.
In the end, Hutchinson beat Snow 29-27.
I wasn’t near the Snow bench. So, during these key moments of the game, I don’t know how the players or coaches reacted. But I’m sure there was some finger pointing and frustration between the players.
Like in sports, life doesn’t always go as planned.
When you are working towards a goal and things don’t go as planned, how you respond has a huge impact on the long-term success of that goal.
Whether I’m working with an athlete, entrepreneur, or anyone else, I believe that positivity and having an optimistic outlook is very important. But if they only focus on the positive and are only visualizing everything going perfect until the goal is achieved, they can really get thrown off when they are hit with a roadblock and things don’t go as planned. It creates stress, anxiety, confusion, and sometimes I’ve even seen people just throw in the towel and give up.
I strongly believe in setting your goals high and visualizing in vivid details how you’re going to accomplish your goals. But it’s also important to think through all the possible situations you could face. What could go wrong. What could throw you off track. And most importantly, how will you respond when that happens.
If you’re playing great and the ref makes a terrible call that changes the game. How do you respond?
If you miss an important field goal, how do you respond?
If you give your best sales presentation and the client still says “no,” how do you respond?
If you invest in a marketing program and it doesn’t bring in new clients, how do you respond?
Implementation Intention is the process of planning to fail so that you can proactively respond. It’s knowing ahead of time how you will respond when things don’t go as you had planned. It’s even identifying what “not going as planned” means. You develop “if-then” responses for those times that things don’t go as planned.
If “X” happens, then I’ll do “Y.”
If you’re serious about achieving all that you can, you need to have clearly defined goals with a specific plan for achieving them (www.JeffHeggie.com/momentum), but you also must plan for the worst and know how you’ll respond.
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