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Frustration, Anyone???

I love this quote from Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code.

“If you don’t feel that frustration, that failing and fixing sensation, you’re not stressing your skill circuits.”

Huh? What’d he say? Let me break it down.

The “skill circuits” refer to the mental muscles where your skills reside. As you develop a skill you are actually making the mental muscle stronger. But as in any other type of training, this means we are first stressing the muscles in order to make them stronger.

This mental stressing can lead to frustration, but it is a very healthy and necessary frustration. It is the type of frustration that occurs when we work our muscles (in this case our mental muscles) to the point of failure.

I can do about 60 push-ups before I reach the point of failure. Those last ten or so are brutal. I’m straining with everything I have to pump those out. When I’m finished I tend to collapse. I have to; I don’t have the arm strength to push myself up so I go down. This is a picture of pushing to failure, but in that failure comes strength training. That is, the failure today makes me stronger tomorrow.

I wonder if we are often self-limiting because we simply choose to avoid even the potential for failure (and the subsequent frustration). Perhaps we’ve got that wrong. Perhaps the key is not to avoid failure, but rather to fail successfully.

What would successful failure look like in your world? Think on that for a while, and consider some of the ways that you can push yourself to the point of frustration in order to get to a healthier fix.

Change your own world, my friends. Change your own world.

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Jeff Shore is a highly sought-after sales expert, speaker, author and consultant whose innovative BE BOLD methodology teaches you how to change your mindset and change your world. His latest book, “Be Bold and Win the Sale: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Boost Your Performance,” (McGraw-Hill) was published in January, 2014. Learn more at jeffshore.com and follow Jeff on Twitter.

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10 Responses to Frustration, Anyone???

  1. Del Barbray says:

    This is an excellent post, Jeff.
    Your post reminds me of the famous baseball player, Babe Ruth. He is famous for hitting the most home runs, but few people know that he also struck more than any other baseball player when he was playing the game. He did what we all need to do to be successful and that is he swung at the ball or in other words we need to exercise our mental muscles and experience failure in order to be successful in our endeavors.
    If we don’t swing at the ball then we won’t hit home runs so let’s all swing at the ball when it is our turn at bat so we can hit home runs or in other words so we can make more sales.

    Thank you
    It’s a pleasure to know you, Jeff.
    Regards,
    Del Barbray

  2. Del Barbray says:

    This is an excellent post, Jeff.
    Your post reminds me of the famous baseball player, Babe Ruth. He is famous for hitting the most home runs, but few people know that he also struck more than any other baseball player when he was playing the game. He did what we all need to do to be successful and that is he swung at the ball or in other words we need to exercise our mental muscles and experience failure in order to be successful in our endeavors.
    If we don't swing at the ball then we won't hit home runs so let's all swing at the ball when it is our turn at bat so we can hit home runs or in other words so we can make more sales.

    Thank you
    It's a pleasure to know you, Jeff.
    Regards,
    Del Barbray

  3. Bciaccio says:

    What are the 5 things of Symbolic Selling in respect to competition?

  4. Bciaccio says:

    What are the 5 things of Symbolic Selling in respect to competition?

  5. Jeff Shore says:

    Sorry – I don't understand the question. Can you elaborate?

  6. Debra Mckown says:

    Jeff,
    Your class on delving deeper into this subject was wonderful and inspiring.

  7. Debra Mckown says:

    Jeff,
    Your class on delving deeper into this subject was wonderful and inspiring.

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