Outside of Wimbledon it is unusual to see tennis hitting the UK headlines. But last month, TVs across Great Britain were tuned in to see Andy Murray beat Belgium’s David Goffin in straight sets to take Britain’s first Davis Cup win in 79 years. While it was a high octane way to idle away a wet, windy Sunday afternoon, there were also three elements of Murray, Captain Leon Smith and the GB team’s winning mind-set on display that could help each of us perform better in our business lives.
The first lesson is just how motivating it can be for successful individuals to work for something bigger than just themselves. Whether it is your country in Murray’s case, or a wider team in business, doing something on behalf of others, knowing they are depending on you, can be hugely beneficial to your performance. Murray acknowledged this after his win: “I play some of my best tennis when I’m playing for my country.” The GB Davis Cup Team Captain, Leon Smith, backed this up: “What he’s managed to do for this team is astonishing, to post that many wins in one year. He’s put his whole body, his whole mind on the line every single time for the team.” How does being part of a wider team affect your motivation, focus and determination to achieve?
Secondly, the highlights that most people watched on the news were those fleeting moments of brilliance. What really underpins team and tournament success is the ability for individuals to grind out each point, to bounce-back from challenging setbacks and to stay. When we build these components together, anything is possible, Smith has guided Britain from being one play-off away from relegation to the event’s lowest tier five years ago, to an overall win yesterday. He has lead a team effort building gradually, bit by bit to take the team back up through the divisions, giving them the chance to play, and beat, the best in the world. Stay committed to the right things as what looks like relentless toil today could deliver the highlights for you in the years ahead.
Finally, we can also learn to enjoy and to really celebrate success. It was fantastic to see that Murray wasn’t in a rush afterwards to move on to the next thing. His warm down, his ice bath, they all went out the window while he spent 90 minutes on court celebrating with the team and their supporters. He really savoured the moment of the team’s win and plans to for a few more days yet. He said: “The next couple of days will be much more fun than after my two Grand Slam wins, for sure. I regret maybe not celebrating as much as I should have done after some of my other wins, because now I know how much effort goes into achieving them. You never know when the next one might come - it may never - so we should make the most it.” If you are in such a hurry to move on, you forget to look back and see how much you have already achieved. Following Murray’s lead and taking the time to celebrate after a success will not only build team unity, but the memory of the celebration will spur you on when you are finding it tough to persevere towards your next success.
What will your team celebrate as 2015 comes to its close, and how will you harness these strengths to deliver more success in the year ahead?
This article was originally published by GlobalSportsJobs partner Sporting Edge with the title ‘Three lessons from the Davis Cup’. Click here to read the original article in full.
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