May 4, 2018
“One of the keys to success is self-confidence. One of the keys to self-confidence is preparation.”
– Arthur Ashe
When I remember and reflect on my career as a professional athlete, I am always amazed at the magnitude of the benefits and impacts it has had on my way of managing my life, my business, and my own personality.
“One of the keys to success is self-confidence. One of the keys to self-confidence is preparation. » – Arthur Ashe When I remember and reflect on my career as a professional athlete, I am always amazed at the magnitude of the benefits and impacts it has had on my way of managing my life, my business, and my own personality. In addition to teaching me discipline, rigor, perseverance and time management, my years on the track allowed me to better manage my stress and improve my mental preparation: two qualities that are very useful in my role as a speaker.
As I write this, I am about to deliver a lecture at Maco Pharma’s Annual Conference. A few hours before I come on stage, I will make sure to put myself in good shape to focus only on the task ahead.
Before a competition, I always made sure to free my mind of any negative thought. Today, before my conferences, I use the same strategy. I avoid reading e-mails and interacting with people who may be bad news.
I am in contact only with my team and my entourage. I devote the few hours I have to revisit my scenario, determine the appropriate tone for my audience and prepare my workshops according to the clientele.
During the trip to the scene, I calm down listening to classical music (rather rap during my competitions) and I do visualization; a technique that I use since the years leading up to my Olympic medal.
Thus, when I arrive at my destination, I am ready to perform and give my 100% to the client who hires me and to the public that I seek to motivate and inspire. Athlete one day, athlete always!
And you? How do you prepare for a stressful or important event for your career?
Feel free to share your tips and tricks with me on social media.
Go get it!