During a deliciously tense Wimbledon tussle, a commentator asked 1997 Flushing Meadows Finalist Greg Rusedski what a particular tennis player should do to fight through. He answered by passing on what every sports psychologist he’d met would say.
stay in the present
He elaborated. Only focus on controlling what you can actually control. Don’t think about the past and don’t get ahead of yourself.
In these credit crunch recession times, this advice seems especially apposite. Why beat yourself up over a deal that slipped? It’s gone, move on. Why worry about the looming darkness that is Q4 all day long? To dwell on possible problems may well be counter-productive. Today is what matters, make something happen right now and tomorrow is more likely to take care of itself.