Are you ready to perform? Regardless of what business you’re in, you’d better have a process for getting ready. Successful presenters, for example, don’t just hop on stage and wing it. They are prepared.

Successful people get themselves ready for success and they come alive when it’s time to deliver.

The greatest athletes are masters of this. When the clock starts they are ready to perform. But this isn’t just a habit for them. They take the necessary time to get ready both mentally and physically.

You saw the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, follow the same routine before each race. He listened to certain music that would get him ready. He was always prepared and focused.

Oprah aired a special show of her attending one of Tony Robbins events. The camera’s caught Tony doing a very specific warm-up routine to get himself ready to perform at a high level for his event. Think about that for a second. Tony has done thousands of events. He knows his content inside and out. Yet, he still takes time to get into the right mental state before taking the stage.

My favorite example of this is from the King himself, Elvis Presley. Elvis demanded his dressing room always be exactly 1,000 yards away from the concert stage. He used the time it took him to walk 1,000 yards to the stage to get ready. He would increase his focus, build his confidence, and have himself in the right frame of mind before he took the stage to perform.

Elvis was one of the greatest and most charismatic performers of all time. So much so that he’s still one of the top earning celebrities, despite being dead for 35 years.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in your business, taking time to be mentally focused and have the right energy is important. Don’t just sit down and start blogging. Get ready first. Don’t just stand up and speak at an event, take time to get ready first.

Before making a sales call or attending a networking event, do you stop and take time to get focused? If not, then start making this a habit.

Before I start work each day, I take 5 minutes to get my head straight. Before I check my inbox or look at what’s happening on Facebook, I get myself focused. My routine usually involves reading a book, listening to a certain playlist on my iPod, and thinking about what my goals mean to me.

I follow a similar routine before I speak at an event. About 5 minutes before I take the stage, I’ll go listen to music on my phone and get my mind right. I then say a quick prayer and head for the stage.

Too many times you just sit down at your desk and start working. You don’t just a few moments to get yourself in the right frame of mind. Change this immediately and start setting yourself up for success.

Your actions are greatly determined by the mental state that you’re in.

If you’re not feeling in the zone imagine how that will be reflected in your performance. If you’re not performing at a high level each and every time you step up to the plate then how can you expect to be successful? You can’t.

Find a simple routine that works for you. One that gets you focused and ready. You only get one shot to make a first impression, so make sure you’re performing at a high level by taking the time to get ready.

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