The NRL and AFL finals are an exciting times for supporters and players. I know how excited I am to see the Broncos and Cowboys right up there at the right time of year.
I was reading an article talking about keeping the players focused on the job at hand and how much harder it can be this time of year. There are so many different news stories, who's in, who's out, and what team is going to win and why. With everything going on how do the coaches keep the players focused.
The players themselves will know when they read the media that so much of it is simply hot air. But mindset is crucial especially this time of year. What happens if they see, hear or read an article that identifies them as the weak link. Or an article that lists them as the key to a win.
Now players cannot control what is in the media and you only need catch a glimpse of an article to have that article affect your own mindset.
For coaches in all codes one of their focuses must be on stopping players paying any attention to the media. It you can't control what is in the media, you can't control how you will react to it. So that being the case players are better of not hearing, seeing or watching anything.
The same principles should also be adopted by business owners and anyone who wants to make the most of their own destiny. I used to watch the news without fail, when I woke up on goes the today show, when I got home on goes the 5 o'clock news. Now we all realise that not much good news is played. So what is the bad news doing to your mindset? It really struck a chord with me when my then 8-year-old asked me to turn the news off. I can't remember the exact conversation, but she let me know it made her feel sad. I rarely watch the news anymore and you know what, I don't miss it at all. I much rather read a good book or play with the kids.
I also had a client a few years ago, deep in depression, taking pills, overweight and sick. I asked him to tell me exactly what he does during the day from the moment he woke up till he goes to bed. His day, every day started with a dose of bad news, his newspaper would be delivered so he would read that front to back, regularly more than one paper, he literally couldn't get enough bad news. What do you think this does to your mindset?
You would have heard the saying "you are what you eat." Well he was feeding his mind with so much rubbish it is no wonder he was depressed.
For my client his first goal was to stop feeding his mind rubbish and instead go for a walk each morning. Within weeks he was off depression tablets and had a new positive outlook on life.
You are what you eat and this really should be applied to what you feed your mind as well.
P.S Go the BRONCOS