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Adapt to the Moment

The ability to adjust on the fly, or to try something different when what you are doing just isn’t working, is a valuable skill to develop

Connected with that is developing the ability to de-stress a stressful situation by comparing it to other stresses on a grander scale to put things in perspective.

While it’s good to have a plan going into a workout or even a game, or in that bat, it could be more critical to your success physically and mentally to be able to scrap that plan and adapt because something happened that you were not expecting.

Many times throughout Glenn’s career he had the perfectly planned program for clients. There were compound movements with “this many” sets, followed by “these exercises” and finish off with cardio and stretching. And just like expecting a fast ball in a 3-0 count, they threw a curve ball. Glenn was able to adapt whether it was a stiff back, an upset stomach, some type of minor ache or pain that would not have allowed them to safely perform the program I had designed.

Glenn was able to pivot on the fly to put something different together, and he added movements with a higher intensity to give them the distraction and the push that they need for the little extra motivation. That’s adapting at the moment.

Like a baseball player expecting a fast ball on a 3-0 count, you must be prepared to adapt to the curve, play out scenarios in your head over and over again. Train yourself, not allow the moment to become larger than they are. If you haven’t noticed, each focus factors in one form or another are related case in point.

To improve your score on this factor, here are some key steps you can take to make progress in this area:

  • Visualizing certain scenarios and meditation can help you in tough situations. Once you have played certain scenarios out in your mind it makes it easier to drown out the noise and focus on the task that is in front of you.
  • Meditating can also help you from creating a monster in your head by making situations larger than they are.
  • Start applying the techniques that you are working on in difficult moments and own it. The more you work on them the smaller you can make the moment making it easier to own.
When you adapt to the moment and come through in the clutch and round the basis to step on home plate to score the game time or winning, run the news media and your teammates will start to refer to you as “the man.”
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