Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus and manage to keep playing at the age of 43”?







She replied, “The ball doesn’t know how old I am. Besides, for 90% of the match I don’t have to focus”.

In a typical tennis match, the players spend less than 15% of their time hitting the ball. During a round of golf, golfers spend less than 20% of their round swinging a golf club, and in American football, the ball is actually in play for only 6% of the game!

In his excellent book Stillpower, leading sports psychologist Garret Kramer says that a key factor to performing well in sport and in life, is your ability to control the quality and quantity of your internal dialogue, given that:

Performance = potential – internal interference

In short, you need to stop yourself from stopping yourself.

Sport, business and life, it would appear, are all played on a six inch course ….. the space between our ears.










  • Alcohol does not make you fat.It makes you lean …..
    against walls, chairs, and tables.
  • I turned up at 12.30 for my Gamblers Anonymous meeting, and the sign on the door said “Back at 20 to 1”.
    So I did.

Live big & love deep.


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