7 Lessons For Your Life and Business From
by: Wendy Hearn
There are immense similarities between peak performance in sport, and what
it takes to perform well in your life and business. The sports arena offers
great opportunities to learn more about playing successfully in life and
business. As I watched the recent tennis at Wimbledon it struck me that
there were strengths and characteristics in the players that are necessary
for us all in order to perform at our absolute best. If you want the best
performance, either in your personal life, your career or your business,
here are the 7 key things you need and which I observed in the tennis
Tennis players focus intensely and specifically on what they're doing at the
moment. Their mind isn't drifting off to other things. They know that being
focused is essential to success and you can't take your eye off the ball.
Although their focus is more intense than you usually need in an average
day, when you take your eye off the ball too often, you could easily find
yourself slipping behind and not staying ahead of the game.
2. They respond fully rather than react.
Responding means that you're ready, you're prepared and not likely to be
caught out unexpectedly. Responding comes from being grounded and allows you
to choose what to do next, whereas reacting is a knee jerk response.
Reacting means you fight fires, you're constantly running behind and
battling with the unexpected, rather than making choices that fully
contribute to what you truly want.
3. They know what they're aiming for; where they're heading.
You need to be clear about your aims or you could end up all over the place.
Tennis players make a conscious choice 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.
4. They see the connection between the bigger picture and the next step.
You need to know what the bigger picture is like for you and at the same
time be willing to focus on the moment and take the next step forward.
Tennis players know that every shot and every point counts, even if it's
early on in the game. You need to make every action you take count and
continue to build on it.
5. They're mentally and emotionally strong.
They don't 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're not so likely to perform at your best. As
emotions play a big part in our lives. I'm not suggesting you deny or
suppress your emotions, but just discover for yourself what it takes for you
to handle your emotions and stay balanced.
Tennis players need to be flexible in their approach to each game. Each
opponent is different, has different strengths and weaknesses, so they need
to be flexible to change. If they lacked flexibility they wouldn't be able
to adapt to different situations and come out winning. When you're flexible,
you're willing to consider the best approach for each particular
They are clear about all the components that go together to make their game
successful. Lack of clarity holds you back, keeps you in fear and doubt and
can result in you taking lots of actions but which are all over the place.
Life is a game and your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to play
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the actions required to have the success they desire.
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