For years I’ve resisted clients who wanted to dwell on mistakes in every client presentation, every meeting and every customer call. I saw that constantly dwelling mistakes imprints those mistakes in their brains. They then focus on avoiding mistakes, but of course the more they think about their mistakes, the more they make the same ones. There is no room for them to focus on their best.
I’ve just finished reading Crunch Time–How to Be Your Best When It matters Most by Rick Peterson and Judd Hoekstra. The big takeaway? The more you watch or think about your good performances, the better you will become. Conversely the more you watch or think about your mistakes, the more ingrained they will become, the less confidence you will have and the more pressure will arise to erode your effectiveness.