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.
Moving minds l Transforming performance