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Embrace the Pressure


Chris Spivey

"We embrace pressure.  I embrace pressure and I look forward to meeting those challenges."  This statement was made by Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin when asked about the pressure and expectations for his team to win.

While I'm not a Steelers fan, I do appreciate what it takes to be a good leader and Coach Tomlin is definitely a leader.  We've all experienced pressure.  Whether it's athletics, business, family, etc, at some point we've all felt pressure.

A few years ago I played in a tennis doubles tournament for charity.  Because the tournament was a fundraiser there were special cards you could purchase to use during the match to help you win a point like a "do-over" card or an "ace" card to win a point without even serving, and so on.  

As I stepped up to serve in the finals with match point for the other team, the guy on the other team shouted "I'm using my no second serve card on you".  Meaning that if I didn't get my first serve in, I wouldn't get a second serve, we'd lose the match and lose the tournament.  With all eyes on me, I smiled, probably said something not so nice under my breath, stepped up, got the serve in, won the point, and went on to win the match and the tournament.

The pressure was on with that serve.  Failure meant letting my teammates down.  Failure meant crumbling to the pressure.  Instead of letting the moment get to me, I embraced it.  I thought about how awesome it was going to be to get that serve in, win that point, win the match, and shove that "no second serve" card in that guy's face (not literally, just in my mind-did I mention I'm super competitive?).

I'm not saying I didn't feel the pressure, I absolutely did.  The difference is how I responded to it.  You can either succumb to the pressure or you can embrace it.

I teach this to our kids.  I don't try to pretend that I never get nervous and I never feel pressure.  I tell them that feeling these things is a normal part of life, but I teach them to embrace that feeling and use it as an opportunity to step up.  If you fail, then use it as an opportunity to learn and motivation to succeed the next time.

Buying or selling real estate is one of the biggest financial decisions that most people will ever make.  I take this responsibility VERY seriously.  There's tremendous pressure that comes with that responsibility because I know how important these decisions are.  Instead of shying away from that responsibility, I love it.  I'm humbled by the opportunity that each client gives me when they trust me to guide them through the process of trying to achieve their goal.

Don't let pressure get the best of you.  Don't let it prevent you from doing something amazing.  If you fail, then GOOD.  You now have even more motivation to learn from it and GET AFTER IT.

I hope this helps in some way.


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Chris Spivey
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Aspiring Leader
RE/MAX Essential

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