How to build a good innings

If you ask professional cricketers how they build a big score, you won’t be surprised to hear them say:

You have to face the first ball and the 100th ball with exactly the same mindset and focus.
Source: dailytelegraph.com.au

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au

 (As much as it pains me to glorify an English cricketer, the image of Ian Bell above shows everything I write about below, don't you think?)

They will talk about one ball at a time. The same as footballers talk about one day or one match

The same applies to work and success generally.

In order to be able to do this, one needs:

  • Patience (to absorb what is thrown at you)
  • Ability to attack and put pressure back on the bowler (not only absorb what is being thrown at you)
  • Discipline
  • Power of single-minded concentration with 100% focus on the ball you face that moment (not the previous one not the next one)
  • Ability to ignore context, conditions and distractions
  • Fitness & endurance
  • Reliable mental and physical routines
  • A smart game plan
  • Switch on; switch off- as required, moment by moment.

The question is:

How are you doing this in your business?