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Increase Your Value by Managing Your PACE Performance

The NFL Draft starts this week and the players who will be selected have been poked, prodded, measured and analyzed.

They have run 40-yard dashes, lifted weights and shown off specific skill sets for their potential employers. They have taken the Wonderlic — a timed logic and reasoning test that is used to gauge calm and critical thinking in a high-pressure environment.

But in recent weeks I have talked to several top level NFL executives who have shared a new “measurable” that has risen to prominence in their breakdown of players: they are taking note of a player’s PACE …Performance After a Critical Error. They are looking to see what players do immediately after making a mistake!

This “measurable” isn’t as easy to quantify as a 40 time, but it may be even more critical in determining who will make your team better. PACE is the silent determiner in examining how the shadow of a past mistake affects future performance.

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Imagine that you’re a running back and you fumble the football in a key situation—what happens next? How do you respond on your next snap? Do you lose focus and compound the problem with additional errors, or do you move on and focus on the next play when you’re handed the ball? Do you study what you did wrong, own it and understand what you need to do differently?

Players who demonstrate a high-quality PACE have found themselves more popular in front offices, just as employees who know how to handle difficult moments are highly valued in corporate environments. All of us make mistakes. What do you do next? How do you recover?

NFL Combine 2014

If you want to increase your value and potential for success, whether in the NFL or your next sales call, increase your PACE. It is the ultimate show of that characteristic everyone wants: mental toughness. Understand that the error you’ve committed probably wasn’t so critical that it cost you the game—or your job—and the best way to become a first round selection is to not let it cost you another play. Will you play scared, or will you play through? How will you take it to the next level?

Understand that in any error you make, the most important thing is your performance on the next play. What’s the key to your PACE? Visit my Facebook page and, as always, feel free to join the discussion today!

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    Sean Van Zant


    What a great thought, that is concept to share! I have never thought about it this way. It is however similar to the great book that I’ve read a couple of times by John Maxwell called Failing Forward.

    Thanks again for sharing this Don! I feel this is totally applicable also in individuals lives that are not full-time athletes.


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      Don Yaeger


      Sean, Failing Forward is a great book. John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and is an inspiration to my life as well. Thank you for your comment!

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