The Vision to Prevail in an Economic Slowdown - Peripheral That Is

Written by Jim McCormick

It's Spring. It's warming. Inrepparttar last few weeks,repparttar 123979 temperature at jump altitude has moderated. The blast of air as we roll uprepparttar 123980 door onrepparttar 123981 skydiving plane at 15,000 feet is no longer frigid. Two days ago, it was even a relatively moderate 42 degrees (F).

We're no longer likely to feelrepparttar 123982 sting of ice crystals on our faces as we fall through a thin layer of frozen moisture. Jumpers are starting to leave their heavy, winter layers onrepparttar 123983 ground. Under canopy, it's mild. The time between freefall and landing is becoming more playful - to be enjoyed and not just tolerated.

From 1,000 feet inrepparttar 123984 air, you can start to notice a swath of orange and yellow emerging from withinrepparttar 123985 fields of green. The wildflower seeds have weathered another winter. They are sending forth their glorious reminder of Spring, of another winter past.

Even inrepparttar 123986 midst ofrepparttar 123987 adrenaline soaked sport of skydiving, while hurling ourselves from aircraft miles aboverepparttar 123988 ground, while clamoring to arrest our freefall and save our lives, there isrepparttar 123989 opportunity to cherishrepparttar 123990 reminders ofrepparttar 123991 coming of Spring andrepparttar 123992 hope it brings with it.

Few things focus ones attention better thanrepparttar 123993 challenge of surviving a skydive. There is a joyous clarity of purpose in freefall. The balance of life's issues melt away.

Butrepparttar 123994 single-mindedness that is required to survive a jump can also assure thatrepparttar 123995 experience is nothing more than survived. It can take an extraordinary experience, one most people will never know,repparttar 123996 closest a person can come to joining birds in flight and make it into a exercise of survival. But if we are willing to maintain our peripheral vision inrepparttar 123997 face of this life threatening challenge, a willingness to be more aware, it can be an adventure ofrepparttar 123998 senses. It is our choice. It always is.

And this is much like weathering an economic slowdown. You will likely survive by keeping an absolute focus on surviving, or you can take advantage of opportunities by maintaining your peripheral vision.

You Want Me To Do What? - Risking to Win

Written by Jim McCormick

In Brief

Although settling into your comfort zone may be tempting, it will not put you onrepparttar track to success. Growing personally and professionally requires you to bolster your risk-taking skills.

Becauserepparttar 123978 world is changing at a rapid and accelerating pace, those who are unwilling or unable to take risks will become ineffective if not obsolete.

Being nimble and quick to adapt is part of being effective as a risk-taker.

It's important to let your judgment skills override a reflexive - and likely negative - response to fear ofrepparttar 123979 unknown. _________________________________________________

People who consistently perform at a higher level have certain things in common.

They are committed to their success. They have a passion for their profession. They have clear goals. They are comfortable taking well-reasoned risks. Their ability to take thoughtful risks is an important ingredient in their success. It is also a significant determinant in their level of achievement. Top performers are talented and persistent risk-takers.

By contrast, sub-optimal performers often settle into their comfort zone, fall into recurring patterns and stop challenging themselves in significant ways. The good news it that you can improve your risk-taking ability and hence your performance.

I am pretty knowledgeable about successful risk-taking. As a Professional Exhibition Skydiver, I've had to learn how to prepare both intellectually and emotionally to prevail inrepparttar 123980 face of some extraordinary risks. I'm amongrepparttar 123981 few who has successfully made one ofrepparttar 123982 most challenging stadium jumps inrepparttar 123983 United States into wind-buffeted Candlestick Park. By being willing to take some significant risks, I have been able to earn two skydiving World Records and be amongrepparttar 123984 few to ever stand atrepparttar 123985 North Pole.

Skydiving is notrepparttar 123986 only setting where I've found effective risk-taking skills to be valuable. It has also been vitally important in my business career. I had to risk effectively when I wasrepparttar 123987 Chief Operating Officer of an international design firm. The same was true when I was responsible for a portfolio of more than $140 million worth of commercial real estate. If I had not been willing to take some significant risks, I would still be someone else's employee instead of working for myself forrepparttar 123988 last eight years.

The Lure ofrepparttar 123989 Comfort Zone

The comfort zone is seductive. We all desire comfort. It's human nature. However, too much comfort does not serve us well. An inability to occasionally step out of your comfort zone - to challenge yourself, to leaverepparttar 123990 familiar - will ultimately limit your performance.


Adaptability is vital and becoming more so. Change is pervasive and accelerating. Single-employer careers are nearly history and single-profession careers barely remain.

If you are going to thrive in a world of rapid change, you have to be adept at adapting. The more comfortable you are with taking risks and dealing withrepparttar 123991 resulting fear,repparttar 123992 better you will be at adapting.

Change can be frightening. It confronts us withrepparttar 123993 unknown. It is common and normal to be fearful of change. Unfortunately, left unresolved,repparttar 123994 fear response can profoundly limit your performance.

The Critical Step - Responding Effectively to Fear

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