I am working on comments about Federer and Rafa’s extraordinary Australian Open. In the meantime…
We can become better versions of ourselves by watching these elite athletes under pressure.
I have debated the idea of confidence with sports and business clients many times. I have often taken issue with the idea that we lose it if not performing well.
I am on my way to Ft Lauderdale where I am presenting to the International Board of Directors of the Israel Tennis Centers. My task is to get these already successful people to refire their rockets to the place where they were when they first started and felt the passion every day.
For two weeks, as a spectator and player, I was wowed by the special moments of play that were demonstrated by Dimitrov, Wawrinka, Ivanovic, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Cibulkova, Li Na and so many others. The shots they can hit, the level of consistency of their play, and the coverage around the court so complete that it is hard to relate for the rest of us who play.
Many people write resolutions for the New Year. When I am with my family, I will spend less time on my cell. I will get to work earlier, make this amount of money, go to the gym 3 times a week and get more fit. It’s a story you hear a lot: people write goals and then don’t think about them again for another year. In the world of storytelling we call that a bad story, a story that doesn’t work. It’s 2014, and it’s time for something different. Something simpler. Something that actually works.