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Five Success Tips you Can Learn While Playing Football

Five Success Tips you Can Learn While Playing Football

For many of us, football season is in full throttle mode, from little league to fantasy leagues to the professional sector. Many Americans simply cannot get enough of the sport, either by clinging to the television set, traveling to watch their favorite team play, or by coaching.

Many of us understand and appreciate the love of the game and many of us also know there is more to football than just…. football.

Even if you are not a die-hard fan, football in any form can teach a myriad of life lessons, namely in the field of business. Yes, this sport can relate to the business sector in several different ways, many managers and CEOs factor their choice of staffing to their lessons from the game.

Here are six things that football can teach us about business and related employment :

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#1. Teamwork

When you have a career in any field that requires you to work for a company or any organization, more than likely you are going to work with others. Even if your job is more of a solo job, many of these jobs are seemingly accomplished “alone” However, they are all accomplished for the good of the company.

Staff meetings, departmentalized projects, tasks, attainment of quotas and customer service are a few areas of many jobs that require stellar teamwork and interpersonal skills.

The ability to work with others to reach a common goal is essential in a successful work environment and overall moral of the workplace.

#2. Self-Discipline

One of the most challenging life-skills to develop and maintain is self-discipline. Although the term, self-discipline, sounds somewhat negative, this is by far a positive trait. When you possess self-discipline, you have the innate ability to control or hold back you desires, emotions and even feelings so as to improve yourself, or to avoid any negative consequences.

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Self-discipline is also responsible for maintaining proper work ethic by staying on schedule each day, remaining focused on the tasks at hand throughout the work day and always remaining thorough at performing your duties, all while behaving in a professional manner.

The inner-strength you possess to control your reactions, to certain situations that arise within the work environment and your actions towards all duties and tasks is highly important and will reveal a great deal about your personality and work ethic.

#3. Loyalty

Just like being loyal to your teammates and the coaches of your favorite team, loyalty in business creates a stronger bond between you and your employer and is followed through with your solid and consistent work ethic.

The desire to remain loyal to a company, is obviously going to be directly related to your work performance and the company’s ability to effectively garner employee satisfaction. Many companies, will have a greater chance of bringing employees onboard, that have shown steadfastness with previous companies, rather than those which have had high turnover rates with other organizations.

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Businesses hire those who they know are willing and who have the upmost potential in sticking around for the long haul.

#4. Continuous Training

It is imperative that you are able to show the willingness to learn more and grow professionally, to review past experiences, acknowledge what you can do differently the next time and to learn from mistakes.

No matter how effective and successful you are at anything you do, namely within the game of football, understanding that there is always room for improvement is vital in any business venture.

Many companies require you to have a specific goal from year-to-year of what you want to achieve as an individual for the good of the company. Many companies also provide on-site training experiences for their employees, to help them achieve their goals within the organization.

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Showing the willingness, to continue improving yourself as a member of a team of professionals and achieving your goals through continuous training, will allow you to go a long way in your career.

#5. Preparedness

Playing or being involved in football, no matter the type of team, always requires you to be prepared. Always being “up on your game” is essential, such as with mental toughness, the ability to handle mental pressure and always having proper, high quality football gear.

The same goes for your career. You must always and consistently be prepared for work, and be ready for the unexpected events at work that require adaptation on your part. Being prepared for the not-so-good-days, as well as the good days is dependent upon your ability to be mentally sharp and focused with a positive attitude.

All of the above life-skills are mandatory for prosperous business opportunities and an efficacious career. These necessary life-skills for success begin earlier in life, by being devoted to a team and gaining exposure, as well as opportunities for developing the skills. All of these character traits and a lot of perseverance can result in a flourishing and thriving career in a job you love.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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    Image source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

    The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

    But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

    However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

    This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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    Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

    We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

    Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

    Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

    The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

    When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

    When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

    How to Make Decision Effectively

    Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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    1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

    You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

    Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

    Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

    2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

    You don’t have to choose all the time.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

    Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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    3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

    You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

    The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

    Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

    Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

    So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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