I got some strange advice today. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it made a whole lot of sense. Right now I’m working with a certain level of ability but if you asked me if I thought that ability was being maximized, I’d tell you absolutely not. Luckily, every person that knows me in an athletic capacity would agree. So, without getting any better than I already am (even though i will), what could I do to perform better at my current talent level?
Be meaner and be more relaxed. At the same time.
That might not make sense to everyone, but I believe if you’re an athlete and you let that ruminate for a little while, you’ll begin to understand. Maybe you’d use slightly different adjectives, but the sentiment would be the same. For me personally, the combination of those two works well. My determination and focus need to be such that people see me competing and they know I mean business… that there is nothing that is going to stand in the way of me achieving what I set out to achieve. Perhaps you’d see a person in that mindset and they look slightly intimidating. Fear and doubt is nowhere to be found. I want to be that person. And in the midst of all that, I want to stay relaxed. I want to stay in control and welcome the pressure of big time situations without letting it get the best of me.
For years I would have the song Eye of the Tiger playing on my iPod while I was warming up for competitions. I think Tigers do a great job of being mean and relaxed at the same time. They have an intensity and a focus about them that let’s you know they are about taking care of business and that they are in perfect control. Tigers get it. I need to take some cues from them.
Any other word combinations you can think of that get at the same sentiment? I might have to borrow them…