I’m going to start up a new feature here on Life of a Steward – the plan is to offer very brief time management tips every Thursday (in case you couldn’t figure that out from the headline). So please let me know if you think this is a worthwhile feature or not.
I had a friend who was an FBI agent and regularly had to approach all sorts of people for interviews and questioning. He talked occasionally with suspects but most of the time was in completely normal and safe conversations. Yet, in training, he was taught to think in every situation, “What would I do when this person pulls a gun on me?”
Not if they pull a gun on me, but when they pull a gun on me.
This mental exercise – not just considering the possibility of danger but actually anticipating it – helped him react a split second faster.
I have another friend who trains athletes. He’ll take on high school kids and develop them into Division I athletes and even on to professional leagues.
If he sees a kid with high potential, he doesn’t tell them, “You’re going to be a successful athlete.” He will tell them, “If you commit yourself and work hard, you can be a successful athlete.”