If you follow sport at all, or even take a passing interest in it, you may have wondered about what motivates sports stars to the giddy heights of fame and fortune.
You may also wonder what causes their often equally dramatic slides down the leaderboard.
I was reminded of this when seeing Maria Sharapova, on the comeback trail from her drug ban, beaten in a closely fought tussle by Eugenie Bouchard.
Ms Bouchard has had her ups and downs. Recently it’s been more down than up. Her motivation in this match was given an extra boost by being outraged that Sharapova, who she candidly brands as a ‘cheat’, is back on the circuit.
And it’s not just anger that fuelled her to win the match. She has, she admits, been buoyed up by her fellow players.
I definitely had some more motivation going in today. I had never beaten her before…I actually was quite inspired before the match because I had a lot players coming up to me privately and wishing me good luck, players I don’t normally speak to and getting a lot of texts from people in the tennis world that were just rooting for me. So I wanted to do it for myself but also for all of these people.
Clearly, it’s the support of others around you that can give you the further impetus to achieve greatness.
Don’t listen to the naysayers. You’ll have plenty of people in your life who will tell you that your ideas won’t work and you’re living in a dream world. Ignore them. Instead, surround yourself with positive people.
One way of doing this is to be coached by someone successful.
Sticking with tennis for the moment, Britain’s great tennis hero, Andy Murray, worked his way to number 1 in the world by employing the services of a former number 1 tennis ace, Ivan Lendl.
It used to be that low profile former pros helped out the stars. They still do (Jamie Delgado is on Andy’s support team) but in a supporting role to the big guns who bring not just their knowledge but their aura.
To be coached by someone who is, or was, at the top of their game, will not only keep you motivated and on the right track, but their aura will brush off on you in more ways than you can possibly imagine.
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