I don't have time to be emotional. Heck, in my line of work I can't afford to be "emotional." As a woman working in sports that's one of the quickest ways to lose respect and become the "problem" everyone has to deal with.
For years I tried to control my emotions. Nearly every sporting event and game I participated in growing up resulted in me being told to get better at controlling my emotions.
I tried. I got a little better, but ultimately I failed because it's not about controlling emotions it's about harnessing them. There's a big difference. Mental Performance Consultant Dr. Chantale Lussier provided insight during a Learn from a Leader conversation.
Sports is a great place to recognize the value in harnessing emotions. If you're already a sports fan you've seen players lose their cool, get into their own heads and minimize their effectiveness during games as a result of not being able to harness their emotions during games.
The same thing happens in traditional workplace settings and in daily interactions, but sometimes it's harder to recognize the impact without a scoreboard or an outcome hanging in the balance.
Use sports and your sports fandom as a reminder to come back to this message from Chantale. And if you'd like to see the entire conversation you can access the entire Learn from a Leader library here.