Engineer: Fortune Favors The Bold

If there is one defining characteristic of Engineer Athlete Type, it is their tendency to prepare for the worst. Consequently, their second defining characteristic is the attempt to avoid making mistakes. Now, these attributes can either strengths or weaknesses, depending on the circumstance. They say fortune favors the bold, and on the athletic field, this means knowing when to silence your analytical brain and trust your body to perform. To optimize their success, Engineers must learn to overcome their urge to over analyze their position and act with more haste.

How do you know when to be bold? Let’s dive a little deeper.

First, we must identify our mission. If you’re a competitive athlete, your mission might be as simple as one single word: WIN. Good. Now that we know our mission, our job is simple: we need to get out of our own way, and take action. There is a time to be cautious and there is a time to be bold. So how do we decipher when the time is right to pull the proverbial trigger?

In his book, Leading an Inspired Life, legendary 20th century personal development guru, Jim Rohn, writes,

“Never leave the moment of intention without taking action.

Here’s the time to act:

when the idea is hot and the emotion is strong. …

Take action as soon as possible, before the feeling passes and before the idea dims. If you don’t, here’s what happens. You fall prey to the Law of Diminishing Intent. We intend to take action when the idea strikes us. But if we don’t translate that intention into action fairly soon, the

urgency starts to diminish. So take action. Set up a discipline when the emotions are high and the idea is strong, clear, and powerful.”

Jim Rohn’s Law of Diminishing Intent tells us to take action now.

Olympic Gold Medal marksman, Lanny Bassham, calls this handy precept the “Ready, Fire, Aim” principle. Lanny claims that in sports and in life, people spend too much time aiming at the bulls-eye and not enough time shooting at it. Rather than placing so much emphasis on getting ready and aiming, go ahead and take a shot. Taking the shot gets you started and also lets you gauge how far off the mark you are. Make adjustments, but keep shooting until you get closer and closer, and eventually, you will hit the bull’s eye.” Ready, fire, aim.

Books Referenced and Recommended:

Leading an Inspired Life by Jim Rohn

With Winning in Mind by Lanny Basham

10-Minute Toughness by Jason Selk