Table of Contents
Putting Together An Action Plan
Preparation For The Meeting
What Is The Game Plan?
Using Visualization For Goal Setting
Staving Off Resistance
Assertiveness With Self Compassion
Sometimes You Have To Say No
Specify Your Vision and Mission
Review and Modify
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You must ready for the meeting with the opponent.
Ask yourself a couple of more questions here. It will assist you in planning for your plan of attack.
1. How do you recognize you have met your goals?
2. How do you mean to approach this encounter?
3. How do you structure it?
4. Do you have a position to fallback?
5. Take stock of the “battlefield”.
6. What can you improve on? What do you have to hold in mind throughout the encounter?
How would you approach the meeting? Are you friendly and modest, or do you make a show of strength first, and advance from a position of might?
How would you set it up? Do you try for friendly small talk to start out with and work your way into the business talk? In a sales meeting, do you attempt to close the sale straight off, or would you be pleased to leave with a telephone number so you are able to follow through later? How about a boxing match? Do you take off offensively, or do you check out the other fighter for the beginning round?
Let’s break down the battlefield next. This can apply to the physical state of affairs – if you’re on a date, it may be a good idea to go to a regular hangout, so you have bunches of friends to make you appear popular. How about a meeting? A lot of offices are set up with “power” tables and pieces of furniture, configured to make the visitor feel little. If you’re in such an office, you may decide to take him out of his power spot by proposing you do a business lunch, or even proposing a visit around the water cooler.
Occasionally, the battlefield refers to the nonfigurative conditions surrounding your meeting. Will your job depend upon whether you close the sale? Is he more productive, or does he have some kind of pull or advantage over you? Maybe he has sensitive data that he could use to pressure you? Again, these will all determine your game plan.
Next, draw on your former experience. Perhaps you were too fainthearted in previous meetings. This time, you could remember and force yourself to be more self-assertive and push for the sale when it’s a good time to.
Remember never to underestimation your opponent. Most of the time he or she will be strategizing likewise!
Any good plan of attack must have a game plan.
The Game Plan
With all that background information, the game plan will most potentially be one-half formed in your mind. It’s time to double check and nail it down. Make its foundation on the 6 common sense details:
1. Sport to your strengths.
2. Play to their failings.
3. Strategize against his strong points – have in mind counters to them.
4. Strategize for your failings – how can you stop them from being overworked?
5. Think of counters to his counters.
6. Be flexible. Be prepared for the unforeseen.
This may be sounding like a lot of effort at this stage, doesn’t it? How much effort can you afford to stack away in your preparation – how crucial is it to you?
How about a different level? What are his counters to your counters, and how would you anticipate those?
Let’s back up to Bob. You recognize he’s the type of guy who likes niceness, and you have resolved to send him a peace-offering ahead of approaching him, founded on former disagreements. Now, what if that doesn’t work? What if he for some reason becomes even more outraged at your present – he sees it as some form of bribe? How are you going to brace yourself for that?
So this step is to, write a strategy down. Then contemplate it. Just like authoring an article, it’s conceivable to gain new perspectives and options after placing it aside for a couple of days.
How action plans work with visualization
Once you configure your action plan, spend a little time visualizing it. Visualize your successes and your errors. See yourself doing it correctly, and then doing it incorrectly and recovering.
It’s also a beneficial idea to incorporate the unforeseen – what if you’re hungry, or couldn’t sleep the night before, or somebody begins to hassle you? What if it starts to rain, what if it starts to snow?
Olympic athletes are encouraged to include everything in their mental simulation – including pain, fearfulness and fatigue, which are some of the largest obstacles any athlete can fall upon. They include all these sensations, and see themselves pressing past all these. So, incorporate all your failings, and push past those till you see yourself winning.
Realism in skills and technique.
Unless You Are Real It Does No Good
How are you utilizing visualization? There are a few likelihoods I can dream up. One, applying a skill or technique. Two, the chase of a goal. Three, rivalry, like particular sports and business meetings.
If you’re similar to most individuals, you saw yourself doing it perfectly right away. You succeed big, or you look poised, you get a promotion, the hot guys or girls around you faint and fall madly in love. It feels unspoilt, strokes your ego, and occasionally step-ups motivation. But for the most part – to put it flat out – it’s a waste of time.
How come? The most crucial consideration is always realism. Mental grooming is an extension of physical grooming. Can you imagine U. S. Army Special Forces troopers bettering their shooting skills by playing video games? There’s no realism, and they’ll get nothing out of it. What about paintball? A bit better, but all the same unrealistic. No, they make it as close to fact as they safely can.
And it’s the same with mental conditioning. You have to put yourself in the position as it will be in real life. If it’s a work skill, for instance, envisage your surroundings, tools and workmates precisely as they will be. If you’re taking on sports, envisage the arena or the court as it will be on the day of the game – down to the weather, the viewers, the clothes you’re wearing, and the gear you’re using. Make certain to incorporate all your senses, and to make certain you’re in the scene – not just thinking about it.
Like every novice, reality has hit me hard when I started sparring (“practice” fighting with an opponent). I got crushed by anybody who had more experience, even the less experienced guys. My strategy fell apart, I had no defense, and I was often paralyzed with fright.
This started to change once I merged realism into my mental grooming. it meant carrying forward my weaknesses and errors. I didn’t force that to happen – it came naturally once I made everything as realistic I was able. Even though I was simply sitting on my couch, I felt the canvas under my feet. I smelt the moldy stench of the gym. I felt my shirt holding tight to me, pasty with sweat. I saw the muscles of my sparring mate rippling as his fist came waving at my face. I knew I was getting it correct when my body began stiffening and my heart started beating rapidly – and when my mental opponent beat me up as he did in the real world.
Did that imply I failed? No, it implied I succeeded. From that point on, I could really begin training. Gradually, I began bettering my defense mentally. My fear diminished. I started picturing the correct attacks and countermoves. These advances, because they came in a realistic scenario, started carrying forward to real life.
Now, a decent add-on is to catch the feelings affected. Have you ever felt it before in the real world? Let’s suppose you play basketball. In the real world, you can’t get the ball through the hoop as frequently as you would like, however there have been times when you have. How did you feel then? Majestic, thrilled?
Try to recall that feeling. Seize it. Expand it if you are able to. Now, hold that feeling while you’re rehearsing mentally – it will knock down your learning time. As one Olympic athlete said it, rather than mentally being in the Olympics, he felt it also – he WAS at the Olympics!
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