Clutch players elevate their game when the pressure is on. They relish the moments where their contribution has a chance to make a disproportionate impact.
A clutch leader takes their performance to a higher level when the pressure is on.
Here's how you can become a clutch leader.
What comes out when you get pressed?
In your dealings with others.
Here's how to do a grace level checkup:
How's my love for the lost?
How's my love for fellow believers?
How's my love for my family?
Is my communication graceful or harsh?
Little things matter a lot! (Illustration? Rowing a boat?). In a cumulative effort, details are exponentially more significant. Smaller things are magnified both positively and negatively!
Rowing Crew: The challenge facing the team of nine is to perform a complicated sequence of movements, which each member must execute with precise skill, knowing that as they increase their speed, the task becomes exponentially more difficult as the stroke rate increases. As the boat goes faster, the harder it is to row well. Brown points out that rowing at the beat of 36 strokes per minute is so much more challenging than at a beat of 26. As the speed increases, the penalty for any technical miscues can be devastating: an oar touching the water a fraction of a second too early or too late; one crew member not breaking his arms at the right point in stroke; rowing out of unison as a boatful of individuals, not as a synchronized crew. The crew must exert the required amount of effort together and peak, as an orchestra crescendos in a musical score.
All of these challenges are subsumed into the biggest challenge for a team: the psychological challenge. Individually, the members in the boat have strong egos, healthy self-esteem and self-confidence, abundant self-reliance and independence, and enormous willpower. They must be resilient, not only to the pain required in the effort, but resilient to the frustration of sitting in a long, narrow boat and dealing with others. It requires the complete abandonment of the self. No member is the star of the team. Rowers and the coxswain exhibit a perfectly synchronized flow of collective muscles and sounds: a collective will focused on the goal of propelling the boat through the water with the machine-like movement of the oars. They must perform as a crew, with each adapting to the strengths and shortcomings of the other. The long-armed member must adjust to the stronger back of another member. Each needs to suppress their individual egos for the sake of the whole. Each must empathize with the other’s point of view, discerning what is needed and quickly adjust. Each has to open their heart to every other member and be willing to get past their own feelings of disappointment. Each has to give themselves up for the entire crew’s effort, rowing as the extension of the teammate, in front and behind. To do this requires puncturing the gateway of humility. (From Business Leaders Magazine)
Take care of your spirit (prayer, fasting, the Word, pray in your heavenly language (1 Cor. 14:4 "edify yourself,"), spiritual warfare, guard your heart against iniquity, be humble, serve).
Ephesians 6:10-18 MSG
10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.