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Build Muscle Memory
Eric insists I repeat the very same punch (or the very same defensive move) hour after hour and day after day. Why? He’ll tell you it’s critically important to build muscle memory so that, in the heat of battle, your muscles will respond instinctively.
Muscle memory is equally important in business, especially when times are tough. We recently lost a large client for example. But, having weathered countless storms in the past, I relied on my muscle memory to kick in. So, despite the loss, I maintained the same even-keeled, self-deprecating sense of humor when interacting with employees. I wanted them to know we’d be just fine.
It’s critical that leaders neither get too high on the sweet smell of success nor laid too low by the misery of defeat. By drawing on muscle memory from previous experiences, a leader can maintain an even keel during the most intense moments.
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