Lessons For Your Life and Business
watching the recent tennis match at Wimbledon,
I realized there are striking similarities between
peak performance in sports and succeeding at life
and business. If you want to achieve your very
best performance - in your personal life, your
career or your business - these seven principles
Tennis players focus intensely and specifically
on what they're doing at the moment. Their minds
are not drifting off to other things. Knowing
that focus is essential to success, they never
take their eyes off the ball. You also must avoid
taking your eye off the ball too often, or you
could easily find yourself slipping behind and
not staying ahead of the game.
Respond, Don't React
Responding means that you are ready, prepared
and not likely to be surprised unexpectedly. Responding
comes from being grounded; it empowers you to
make wise choices as to what to do next. Reacting
is a knee jerk response that keeps your fighting
fires, constantly running behind, rather than
making choices that contribute to your goals.
Tennis players know the direction they are heading
and the target they are aiming for. You also need
to be clear about your goals or you could end
up all over the place. Tennis players make a conscious
choice when and where to place a shot. They don't
just hit the ball and hope. You need to make conscious
choices about where you want to be and ensure
that every action moves you forward in the direction
you want to go.
Connect the Big Picture and the Next Step
Tennis players see the connection between the
bigger picture and the next step. They know that
every shot and every point counts, even early
in the game. Similarly, you need to keep the big
picture at the forefront of your vision, while
at the same time focusing on the moment and taking
the next step forward. Make every action you take
count, and continue building
Mental and Emotional Strength
Winners in the sports arena do not allow doubt,
lack of self-belief, frustration, upsets or negative
self-talk to get in their way. They're willing
to do what it takes to be strong mentally and
emotionally. When you allow your emotions and
mental chit-chat to affect you, you are not likely
to perform at your best. As human beings, emotions
play a big part in our lives. I'm not suggesting
you deny or suppress your emotions, but just learn
to handle your emotions and stay balanced.
players must be flexible in how they approach
each game. Each opponent is different, having
unique strengths and weaknesses; it is vital to
have the flexibility to adapt to these changes.
When you're flexible, you are willing to consider
the best approach for each particular situation.
Winning athletes are clear about the different
components that combine to make their game successful.
Lack of clarity holds you back; it makes you susceptible
to fear and doubt, which can result in taking
actions that go nowhere fast.
Hearn, Coach, works with business owners,
professionals and executives to discover and unlock
their own inspiration, to effortlessly take the
actions required to have the success they desire.
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