MAKE YOUR INPUT COUNT
BY DIRK STRODA

Not Every Change Is Good - Every Input Will Lead To A Change

 

 

I have spend more than three decades in a high performing environment, including corporate environment and in the world of epic performers in sport.

 

I sat together with a client yesterday who reminded me on one very important principle to predict the future success:

 

"If you change your input - you will change your output."

 

If you chose a new path in your career, implement new tools, hire a new coach, transfer to a new corporate environment, surround yourself with a bunch of new people (at a seminar) or spend a week at a retreat you will change the external stimulus that will always cause a reaction and response. 

 

The retreat will relax and nurture you and you feel more energized, the new corporate environment challenges and sharpens you, a new coach changes your training routine and your muscles may feel sore for a week or two. I hope you understand where I am going with this. 

 

My point is that change (aka stimulus) will have the potential to benefit you but you also have to account that you may react in an unwanted way. If you are in a safe environment, you and your body will have time to adapt; enough time to master the new skill.

 

My client was encouraged from an outside influence who meant it very well with her to try a new skill in her presentation that she had never executed before but felt pressured to try in front of an audience. 

 

She failed. 

 

Make sure that you implement new things into your routines to better your game but before you execute them in an arena, boardroom or publicly understand how you react to the new stimulus and make sure that you can control and manage the outcome.

Assignment for the week

Make a courageous move (in theory) and imagine you acquire an new skill, a new business, a new career, a new business partner, a new location, etc. Now play two versions of a possible outcome:


A) The best version of the outcome with a happy ending

B) A version where things go wrong

By using the worst case scenario (B), you prepare yourself to prevent a certain outcome.

If you know what possibly can go wrong you can avoid it by taking the appropriate action.

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