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Created by Gary Lavery on August 25th, 2016.
AND THEN IT JUST HAPPENED ... but it was forty-five minutes and a little bit extra before it actual did. Really think about how this real life drama can be used in different areas of your life ...
It was late May back in 99, when Pierluigi Collina, the popular Italian referee, blew his whistle to end the first forty-five minutes on one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. This years Champions League Final was being played between two very successful clubs, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
Munich took an early lead in the game and never looked in any real danger at all – they were cruising, coasting and confident.
Now, imagine this situation that you are wearing Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes, the Manager of Manchester United, as you stride towards the dressing room, knowing you have around 10 minutes to draw up on all your motivational skills to inspire your team from an un-inspired, un-United display.
WHAT would you do in this situation? - You could:
Created by Gary Lavery on August 20th, 2016.
THERE are two kinds of people in my world - VALLEY people and MOUNTAIN people - But which one are you?
VALLEY people seek the calm and comfortable ground of shelter, safety and security. They may talk about change, but don’t want to be involved in it, especially if this means breaking a routine of whats worked okay up till now. Their concept of achievement is ‘not losing’ so playing for a draw to them is all thats needed. Their concept of fitness, is being fit to survive. They are the people you meet whose sentences start with, ‘I would have …’ , ‘I could have … , or ‘I should have …’. They are the almost people who have many explanations for not making it themselves and only one for those who have - luck. They talk about the risk of losing and yet, they are losers - they just don’t know it.
MOUNTAIN people have decided that valley life is not for them, and seek to test ambition on the toughest of climbs. They know that there is a rich satisfaction in reaching the top and the fight that's needed to get there. They live for the test of change and enjoy resilience required to bounce back from the bumps and bruises that come with the mountain territory. They not only talk about change, they deliver it.
Created by Gary Lavery on June 18th, 2016
LEICESTER CITY Football Club winning the Barclays Premier League was the ultimate masterclass in team spirit, one that was generated through positive self-talk by a manager, a human who really does "Walk his Talk". His post-match interviews were consistent throughout a season, that he is a clear advocate of positive self-talk, and believes in his own ability, and that of his team.
After all, starting the 2015-16 season, the club were 5000-1 rank outsiders to achieve one of the ultimate sporting crowns ... and they DID JUST THAT. This achievement rocked football from it's foundations and is now an example of "MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE."
The psychology of a professional sportsperson is paramount to success. The story that always reminds me of this triumph is the great Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile.
Before Bannister ran under four minutes, nearly every supposed expert in the world stated that it was humanly impossible. Doctors were even saying that the human body would explode if subjected to that amount of sustained effort. However, Bannister believed differently and went round the course in superhuman time and the rest is history. But, the incredible part to this story actually happened after Roger and his gang had all rode off into the sunset.
In the year that followed, 37 different runners also broke the four-minute mark, and amazingly the year after that, over 300 broke it. So, what changed in those couple of years? The fact was that people began to believe it was possible because someone had already achieved it. The belief accompanied with the regular training and disciplines of a professional athlete meant that the bar was raised right across the field.
So, how did Ranieri, without spending millions of pounds, really make change easy at Leicester City?