Court Reporters – Slump At Work? What Would Your Favorite Athlete Do?


I have said it before, and I will say it again – court reporters are like athletes. So are legal secretaries, attorneys, and anyone in the service profession. Sometimes you are incredibly strong, and knock it out of the park every time you swing, and other times you go through a slump and it seems no matter what you do, things are not going well at work.

I was reading another great article in the Wall Street Journal, “Slumping at Work? What would Jack Do?” written by Sue Shellenbarger. The article talks about how business people, such as Mr. Di Cio, an account executive, was aiming for a “breakout season” selling high-tech equipment. But even after working longer hours, every weekend, he was falling short of his goals.

Mr. Di Cio also happens to be a big baseball fan, and likened his “slump” with Major League baseball players. Mr. Di Cio remembered that pitcher John Smoltz was in a huge slump in 1991 and used a sports psychologist to get him out. So Mr. Di Cio called in a sports psychologist, Gregg Steinberg. Steinberg prescribed the same remedy many pro athletes embrace: “Stop overworking and allow yourself to relax.”

Mr. Di Cio’s 2010 sales doubled over a year earlier after he took Steinberg’s advice.

As the article states, “Even when the world isn’t watching, the same psychological hurdles trip up the rest of us, executives who aren’t making their numbers or producing enough on the job. At the office, people lose confidence, dwell on past mistakes, become anxious about every move and struggle to perform tasks they once enjoyed.

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