A Mental Exercise To Prepare For The Unexpected

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A Mental Exercise To Prepare For The Unexpected

Encourager-In-Chief: March 9th, 2016

A Mental Exercise To Prepare For The Unexpected

My March 17th guest speaker Denny Gerkin prepared this week’s terrific blog for you. Enjoy!

True leaders rise to meet a challenge and there’s no greater challenge than something you’ve never experienced before. How can you be ready for that?

I have a mental exercise I do periodically to help me be ready for the unexpected. I think through the best way to handle a situation before I am ever in a position to experience it...even things that I don’t think will ever happen to me. Why? Because all kinds of weird things happen to people every day – people like you and me.

  • What would I do if I found out a co-worker was stealing company property?
  • What actions would I take if I believed I was about to be mugged?
  • If I was lost in the wilderness, would I know how to make fire?
  • If I desperately needed money and knew I would not get caught, would I steal?
  • Would I defend a falsely-accused person if I thought I’d also become a target?

I have faced all of those scenarios, except for being lost in the wilderness and making fire. I thought about that after watching Tom Hanks in “Castaway”. I actually enjoy daydreaming in detail about such possibilities while waiting for an elevator, or during a car ride, or after watching a movie like “Castaway”.

This exercise removes the gut-wrenching emotions and pressures, and helps me decide how I want to react physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually when the real deal occurs. It exposes fears and weaknesses that I need to consider, attitudes I might need to adjust, and strengths I can build on.

  • How would you react if you were in a bank and there was an armed robbery?
  • Would you take a job you hate just because it pays a boatload of money?

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Do you really know? This exercise can help you answer those questions and help you be the wise and decisive leader others will want to follow.

Click here to sign up now for Denny Gerkin’s seminar “How to Be a Leader (Even if You’re Not the Boss)”. It will be offered through Dave Romeo Seminars & Coaching on March 17th at Central Penn College.

Denny Gerkin is a pastor, a non-profit executive director, a former broadcaster, manager, director, and executive, and his joy is motivating, training, and encouraging people through speaking and writing.


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