- A baseball player goes 3/4 one game and 0/9 the rest of the series.
- A sales associate puts up amazing 1st quarter numbers, receives a new company watch, and then goes flat the rest of the year.
- A player misses their first shot or drops a pass, and they are done for the rest of the game.
- You receive this newsletter only once in a while.
All coaches and employers may think they want a flashy, highlight reel performer, when in actuality, they would trade it all for the consistent player! (in a perfect world, they get both.)
You don’t need to be crazy, you just need to be consistent.
We want to know exactly what type of person we are going to get. The most frustrating part is when coaches or employers receive the game-day athlete, the athlete who shows up, but they have no idea who is going to show up. It could be Tom Cruise, or Adam Sandler. In college, I worked in group home settings with mentally challenged adults. It was tough at times, but you always knew what you were going to get, there were no major surprises in people’s behavior.
Since we are all preparing for The Hinge moment, the role of consistency is about culture and mental toughness. Consistency is the last barrier of someone going from good to great, and from great to world class. Think Andrew Luck as opposed to Jay Cutler…Life does happen, weather fluctuates, and obstacles and adversity can set us back, thus, we actually need to assess ourselves.
Are WE consistent?
Here’s the head fake, our employees or players want the same skill from us, consistency. Is our message, our attitude, and interactions consistent? Or do those around us also wonder who they are going to get that day, Tom Cruise or Adam Sandler, Andrew Luck or Jay Cutler?
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out the most recent book on Mental Toughness- Don’t Should on Your Kid: Build Their Mental Toughness