Day 150 – Thankful for Building a Growth Mindset and Grit Reflex

This afternoon concluded with me giving my presentation two times at the Express International Leadership Conference.  I was on two times in a row, giving the same presentation back to back.  The practice was done, time for performance.

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The first presentation didn’t go nearly as well as I’d expected.  Some of the things that worked well in practicing alone didn’t work the same with a crowd.  I made a last minute audible and added a short video that didn’t help out.  I couldn’t quite get into my groove and just never felt like it clicked.  There were many compliments from the attendees afterwards, but I just didn’t feel that great about how I did.  It felt like a 6 out of 10 instead of the 11 I expected of myself.

In between sessions I had 45 minutes and immediately reacted.  Many times I have to choose an attitude or value and then run with it.  In this case I didn’t even think, I just went into Grit and Growth Mindset modes.

Passionate for presenting, passionate for helping my Express family, there was no choice but to put s smile on my face and persevere.  Knowing that I wasn’t as successful as I hoped led me to analyze what didn’t go well.  Along the way Norm gave me a few pointers to help me improve for Round 2 and I didn’t put up defenses or question, I just listened and absorbed his input.  Not wallowing in disappointment (which I didn’t have time for) I cruised right into “how to improve it” mode and started making changes.  I went back into the times when I’ve been successful, remembered how that felt and what I did that helped me get there, and then adjusted to fit the previous successes.  I took a deep breath and launched myself whole heartedly and full of optimism into the next presentation…

And I was successful.  Not only successful, but in a full on state of flow that I was able to appreciate both at the time and now as I reflect afterwards.  What a wonderful feeling that is!!!

I’m thankful that those values are coming more and more naturally to me, they paid off huge today!

Thanks!!!

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