Whether we like to admit it or not, we are all more emotionally driven than we think. This is particularly true when it comes to high stake situations where we care deeply about the outcome. There can be few more pressured occasions than competing on the world stage at the Wimbledon Final in front of an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. Both Rybakina and Djokovic displayed extraordinary levels of composure and control as they battled it out in their respective matches to become Wimbledon Champions. This ability to regulate and control your actions, feelings and thoughts is just as important in the world of business. When the pressure is on, you need to draw on your self-management skills to be the best version of yourself and take on the competition.
How to develop your self-management skills
Believe in yourself
As both Final matches clearly showed, a winning mindset is the key to success. Although Krygios played fearlessly to begin with, it soon became clear that Djokovic, with his 27 match unbeaten streak at Wimbledon, appeared to have the mental edge. The next time you have a big meeting, take the time to banish any doubts and boost your self-confidence by reminding yourself what’s great about the work you do, your company and your relationships.
Control the controllables
It takes high levels of self-control to keep your composure in stressful situations. Rybakina’s coach said he was convinced she could win a grand slam because “she was calm in the big moments. I saw that she has this gift.” Similarly, as Krygios’s histrionics began at the end of the third set, Djokovic took himself out of the situation with a toilet break to help him stay focused and in control. Think back to the last time you were in a stressful situation. Were your emotions triggered? By reflecting on past experiences, you can prepare yourself for any curve balls that might come your way. This means you will be less likely to have a knee jerk reaction helping you respond instead in a situationally appropriate way.
Stay focused on the end goal
True champions recognise the importance of drawing on their self-reliance to achieve their goals. At Wimbledon many look to the stands for reassurance from their team, but ultimately they know that they are the ones that need to deliver. Both Rybakina and Djokovic illustrated this by using their skill and judgement to learn their opponent’s game and find ways to win. This ability to think quickly on your feet and trust your decision-making is equally important in the business world. You need to be clear on the direction you want to take and make yourself accountable along the way in order to achieve your desired outcome
Finally, it’s worth bearing in mind that developing any new skill takes time and commitment. It takes relentless practice to become a Wimbledon champion, so take inspiration from Djokovic and Rybakina and commit to honing your self-management skills on a daily basis. You’ll soon reap the rewards of increased self-confidence, self-control and self-reliance.