Prominent mental conditioning coach Trevor Moawad teaches that the proper mindset is vital to being successful in business, on the field and in life.
Moawad has 15 years of experience working with collegiate and professional athletes such as Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. He shared stories and ideas about leading successfully during his keynote speech “Developing a Winning Mindset” at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Wellness in the Workplace event on Sept. 29.
Moawad reinforced the theme that attitude more than aptitude determines a person’s altitude. His talk was flurried with insightful advice on being better at work and in general.
Moawad spent a few moments prior to his keynote answering questions exclusively for Chamber members about the characteristics he’s seen in successful leaders.
1. What can leaders do to spread positivity?
Leadership is really influence. We really understand an attitude, like the flu, is contagious. It’s difficult to be positive, so one of the things we can learn to do is be less negative. Every great leader I’ve been around has had a unique charisma, whether they’re introverted or extroverted, that makes the people that they’re with want to work for them in some capacity.
2. What’s one thing you see successful people do?
We have a statement in the sports world, first you form a habit then that habit forms you. We’re really defined by our habits. Some of the best athletes in the world who’ve had a great set of habits who all of a sudden got away from those habits just became average athletes. Just like people who all of a sudden get behind really good habits, in a period of four to six weeks, can change a lot of things.
3. What are habits of some of the successful leaders you’ve known that others can copy?
Preparation is key. Whether it’s five, 10 or 15 minutes, I put a lot of preparation into what I’m going to say, the impact of what I’m going to say, and how I’m going to say it.
I think secondly, knowledge. Understanding my product, a lot of evaluation and preparation into what we’re selling what we’re communicating, being really good at the tactics and strategies of the business.
Then motivation, motivation is two parts, motive and action, it’s that compelling urge to do or be better. That piece is driven by your goals and every great business leader and every great coach has had high goals that pull them up towards them.
4. What advice might you give to people in leadership positions or people looking to advance into a higher role?
First and foremost, the way we impact ourselves is critical. The number one opportunity I have is to lead myself. You hear “leading by example” a lot today in the sports world, so whether or not I’ve been anointed an assistant coach versus a head coach, it’s amazing the influence you have when you take leading yourself or the group around you very seriously.
I know in my early opportunities as a leadership advisor/strategist working for a big sports agency, my ability to affect 80 people would’ve never been possible if I didn’t really take advantage of my first three years affecting five people.
The “big time” is where you are. I’m not going to wait until I have some other set of people to start leading. The leadership process begins now and it begins with you.
About Moawad Consulting Group (MCG)
Moawad has worked with a range of elite organizations both in sports and business, served on the board of directors for the National Association for Self Esteem and was a member of US Soccer’s National Sport Psychology staff. Moawad formed Moawad Consulting Group, a dynamic organization offering advanced mindset solutions to driven leaders, to focus singularly on mental conditioning while allowing him to collaborate with other specialists. To find more out about Moawad and Moawad Consulting Group visit moawadconsultinggroup.com.
-Written by Alexie Chavez marketing and communications coordinator for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.