Are you the master of your mind?
Did you start the year the way you envisioned OR are you in a funk, drowning in a sea of endless emails with other people’s requests running you ragged and affecting your health?
I don’t know about you, but I hate being dictated by my email inbox or other people’s requests, especially if they have no impact on what I want to achieve for myself in the future. And I know it can be hard to say no, but it’s imperative that we set boundaries, if we want to achieve our goals.
As a coach, I consistently put my energy into making progress towards the goals that I’ve set, BUT it wasn’t always like this for me.
My transformation happened when I started playing in the AFL (Geelong FC) in my early 20s. I used to feel rushed and unprepared before my games which led to a lot of stress that negatively impacted my on-field performance. I know that if I didn’t get my lack of focus under control, my football career would be in serious trouble. I knew things had to change.
In the world of professional sport, you don’t have the luxury of time to have a half-hour tantrum and throw your toys out of the cot. You need to deal with challenging situations as quickly and calmly as you can. You need to compose yourself and refocus your mind not only for yourself but for your teammates, as they depend on you too.
High performers know how to reset their focus when things don’t go their way. They know that although it can feel great to let off some steam and fly off the handle at someone, it doesn’t serve them, their team, and their organisation. They know that their inability to self-regulate and refocus not only hinders their own performance, but also the performance of others.
With the constant change of life lately, how are you resetting and refocusing your mind to deliver the outputs that matter?