Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus and manage to keep playing professional tennis 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.
West London police wish to alert local residents about the activities of an infamous cross eyed burglar.
If you see this man staring in your windows, warn the people next door.
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.
A woman applies for a job in a lemon grove.
“Have you any experience of picking lemons?” asked the foreman.
“I certainly have,” replied the woman.
“I’ve been married three times.”
Live big & love deep.