“In every human endeavour there are two arenas of engagement: the outer and the inner. The outer game is played on an external arena to overcome external obstacles to reach an external goal. The inner game takes place within the mind of the player and is played against such obstacles as fear, self-doubt, lapses in focus, and limiting concepts or assumptions. The inner game is played to overcome the self-imposed obstacles that prevent an individual or team from accessing their full potential.”
The Inner Game of Tennis
Wow, we are half way through 2012. With so much achieved and so much more to do. June is a great time to review, re-set, kick start or create new goals to making 2012 hugely successful, fascinating and fantastic. Over the last few weeks Football, Golf, Tennis and Olympic fever has been heating up (not like our weather), there are nothing like big sports competitions to unite people, lift our spirits and motivate everyone.
Whatever the sport I love watching the ‘Inner Game’ from different types of stars from the worlds of football, golf, basket ball, sailing, rugby, etc. You can see it in their; presence, posture, composure, eye contact, focus, breathing and routine before, during and after the game this speaks a thousand words – it’s their ‘Inner Game’!
In this country, we are blessed with some of the world’s best athletes, their Inner Game is vital to their success. As their fans will be flocking to the north coast next week, to London for the Tennis, to the UK for the Olympics and as we head towards the finals of the football and they know they have the technical expertise but what will truly make the difference is their mindset – their inner game!.
Great athletes understand there is a “hidden ingredient” that exists beyond the mechanics and knowledge of their field and that understanding it allows them to perform at their best. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods both stated that when they developed their “inner game” their performance went to another level. They had great physical skills but when they harnessed their mental and emotional skills and brought all three together, they really understood how much the inner game influenced the outer game. They understood that talent alone takes you only so far…even great talent!
There are talented people who don’t perform up to their potential in many walks of life. How many people with talent do you know who don’t perform up to their potential? Talent is only part of the equation. To represent your country in the Olympics is a measure of unbelievable talent – but inevitably there will be winners and losers in these 2012 Games. Most would agree, it’s the “hidden ingredient” of the ‘Inner game’. While they originate from sport, the same principles can be applied to many learning across life and business.
People in business experience the same performance related challenges as athletes do. Environments charged with too much negative energy, poor stress/recovery habits, work/life balance issues, confidence, burnout and subtle forms of self-sabotage can all cause a person to underperform on the job. This costs organisations time, productivity and money.
Comparison Between Great Sport & Great Businesses/Life
Great sport stars develop the following skills/traits and these are appropriate for success in the business environment as well. They include:
- Leadership that inspires the best from others
- Clear vision and goals
- Focus on excellence
- Present time focus
- Resilience during adversity
- Decision making under pressure
- Confident optimism
- Balancing stress and recovery
- Honest and direct communication designed to build spirit
- Focus on team success
- Build energy rather than deplete it each day
- Setting an environment that triggers success
How about you? Many businesses decisions are won or lost in your mind. Can you access the almost limitless mental resources you possess? I believe you CAN be an inner winner–all the time. Let’s take a look at how you can use inner game mind tools to help you sell better, present better and relate better to your clients.
Study yourself, build your mind tools, hire a coach and you’ll be an inner winner all the time.
So, What Now!
The business and sports worlds can learn a great deal from each other to create an environment of positive energy that fuels the best from people. So, this summer do you think improving these areas would make a difference for you? Call me today to arrange a time to start competing at a new level, developing your inner game and achieving great success.
Here’s to making 2012 hugely successful, fascinating and fantastic