Peter Allis is the voice in your head…

I received this email from our friend Nigel Botterill, it needs sharing because it is so true……

If you’re a golfer, or are married to one, you’ll know that Jordan Speith, a twenty-one year old from Texas, won The Masters yesterday. I mean, he really won it – he broke records and equaled the lowest winning score in Masters’ history.

What was interesting, in the lead up to the final round, was listening to Peter Allis talk about Speith – it was clear that most people expected the youngster to, as golfers would say, ‘blow up’.

Because that’s what normally happens in a golf Majors when a young, relatively unknown, player leads the field  – they blow it in the final round. One of the most famous instances of this was Rory McIlroy, at The Masters four years ago when he shot 80 on the final day having led the field.

The thing is, it doesn’t happen because these guys suddenly become less talented or less skilled – no spells have broken here.

It happens because of head trash.

That’s the voice in our head that fills our brains with roadblocks and obstacles that prevent us from getting to that all important clarity and focus.

Golf, just like business, is 95% mental and the reality is that whatever the voice in your head is talking to you about today is having an impact on you and your business.

And just to be clear, I know that it’s not easy to control the voice in your head, but it is essential if you’re going to win at business.

I’ve had some very challenging times myself this year and on several occasions I’ve had to consciously get my head straight, because how we deal with any situation, whether it’s an opportunity, a challenge or a problem, is 95% mental – it’s all in the head.

It’s not an easy fix, but the first step is at least recognising that your mental state and that voice in your head play a big part in the results you achieve.

This week, as you embark on the travails of an entrepreneur, then know for sure that never were truer words spoken than when Henry Ford said…

“If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, then you’re probably right.”

And it’s in the heat of the battle that this is truly tested. When the going gets tough or the pressure is really on, your ability to stay calm and think clearly and accurately will be decisive – it’ll decide whether or not you blow up. Your ability to avoid distraction and procrastination will be key as to whether you win the major tournament. Speith controlled the voice in his head yesterday with a performance that belied his tender years. Good luck to him.

If you’re facing some tough challenges this week you can control the voice in your head and prevail too.

I’m rooting for you!

Have a great week,

Nigel

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