It’s six inches long

March 31, 2014 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

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 the key to performing well in sport and in life is as much about being able to switch off as it is about switching on.

Given that:

Performance = potential – internal interference

Both the quality and quantity of our internal dialogue has a huge bearing on the results we achieve.

Sport, business and life it would appear, are all played on a six inch course…..the space between our ears.


The best blonde joke ever…..?

A blonde woman was driving too fast in her bright red convertible, when she was pulled over by a police woman who was also blonde.

The cop asked to see the blonde driver’s license.

Searching frantically in her handbag and getting ever more agitated, the blonde driver asked the policewoman, “What does it look like?”

“It’s square and has your picture on it,” replied the policewoman.

The blonde driver finally found a square mirror in her purse and gleefully gave it to the policewoman, proudly announcing, “Here it is!”

The blonde policewoman handed back the mirror saying, “OK, you can go. I didn’t realize you were a cop.”

Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.

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