Remember how it felt the first time you gloved up? That's how it's going to feel the first time you face real adversity in your business - only much, much worse.

Remember how it felt the first time you gloved up? That’s how it’s going to feel the first time you face real adversity in your business – only much, much worse.

clutch:

n. A tense, critical situation.

Remember how it felt the first time you gloved up?

That’s the way it’s going to feel the first time you face adversity in your business.

But only magnified by a power of 10.

You have butterflies all the time, you fret instead of focusing, you can’t eat, can’t sleep, and you generally want to fall apart.

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

Ernest Hemingway

But, you can’t. It’s simply not allowed. Because, all truly successful people know that Hemingway had it nailed… and that, my friends, is the key to finding success in the midst of adversity.

So, how will you act in the clutch?

Will you choke, or dig deep and pull out the best performance of your life?

Now, you might be an accomplished competitor and fighter, someone who is accustomed to calling on hidden resources and toughing it through during a hard match.

But, have you practiced putting that same intestinal fortitude to work in the games of business and life?

The truth is, many of our most accomplished athletes have choked in the ring and arena.

(And yours truly – in the ring and in business. Believe me, it happens to everyone if they stay in the martial arts or in the business arena long enough…)

But many more fall under the pressures of their daily lives. Yet, “in the clutch” is where real business success happens, when you gut it out under the most intimidating of circumstances and obstacles.

So, let me ask you again…

How will you act in the clutch?

Will you gut it out, or choke?

Ultimately, it’s your call.

Mike Massie is the author of Small Dojo Big Profits and runs a martial arts business coaching website for new instructors and small school owners, Martial Arts Business U.

Click here to purchase Mike’s business manuals and materials.

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