With 34 years as a professional sports psychologist, I know a thing or two about mental toughness, overcoming adversity and what it takes to become a champion. As I watched Super Bowl 50, I noticed a striking difference between the quarterbacks on those key points. Peyton Manning displayed all the characteristics that make up […]
Today, many companies are recognizing the importance of employee physical and psychological wellness by creating special workplace wellness programs. So far, results show that these programs benefit employees as well as companies. From the employee standpoint, this focus on health can reduce job stress and raise employee morale. At the business level, these employee […]
Everybody encounters adversity and, as I’ve mentioned many times, stress is not completely the result of the adversities you face – it’s more about how you interpret and handle the situation. To demonstrate, I’d like to share a recent example from my own life.
I was about to board a plane today, heading for […]
In last week’s playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers, Pete Carroll found his team behind at halftime 31-0. How he handled this situation is a lesson that all financial advisors should take to heart.
Coming Back From Behind
Following his tremendous leadership and optimistic core values, the entire team still believed they could […]
There are lessons that financial professionals can learn by watching the debates with our 2016 political hopefuls. You can see that the messages which resonate most with voters are those messages where the candidate seems to have his/her finger on the pulse of the pain that voters are feeling (e.g., the threats of ISIS, […]
A few weeks ago I featured two blog posts on the topic of “toxic” personality types that financial advisors encounter in their careers. Step one is recognizing these toxic personalities, and step two involves avoiding them, or transferring them out of your practice if needed. In these blog posts I discussed the first six […]
Besides having to deal with the “life stressors” we all experience, such as marital/family challenges, the death of close relatives, chronic illnesses, raising teenagers, and the like, HR professionals are faced with a multitude of potential job stressors to which they must adapt.
Many HR professionals find themselves overwhelmed by these stressors. Whether it’s your […]
It’s that time of year again.
So many of us resolve to do this or that right after New Year’s celebrations. Why do we wait for the New Year? The answer is that somehow we magically believe that putting the old year and the unfortunate habits we maintained behind us, gives us a fresh outlook […]
One of the best ways financial professionals can re-focus their mindset away from pessimism and move toward optimism is by recognizing that missed opportunities, disappointing results (in their prospecting, for example), and losing clients are temporary setbacks, not indicative of failure or advisor weakness.
Too often, advisors beat themselves up after such setbacks. The research on […]
What the 2015 Kansas City Royals World Series Win Can Teach Financial Advisors About Overcoming Adversity
Financial professionals face adversity in a variety of forms – difficult clients, market volatility, and a number of other stressors faced on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. The thing about adversity is that you can’t avoid it – but how you react to it is completely under your control.
I consult with many advisors […]