I want to tell you the importance of a vital ingredient no leader can do without. HOPE.
Great leaders never lose hope. They remain optimists and recognize that their state of mind is contagious. If they have hope, so does their team. If they give up, well, so does their team.
Hope is a theme that resonates in what is described as the greatest cricket match ever played: The one day international match between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg in March 2006.
At the time, the record for the highest score in a 50-over game was held by Sri Lanka. In 1996, they had scored 396 for 5 versus the mimows- Kenya. Interestingly enough, three teams had scored more than 390 but no team had managed to go beyond 400! It was believed that 400 was that invisible barrier- a barrier no team could break!
On March 12, 2006, in the fifth one-day international between South Africa and Australia and what has been seen as unthinkable- and what no team had ever done until then. They went past the 400- run barrier and posted a total of 434 for 9 – the ‘unbreakable’ barrier was finally broken.
Can you guess what happened next? In reply, South Africa made 438 for 9- and won that game. Clearly, once Australia had broken the mental barrier that no team could score over 400, It was easy for South Africa to do it too. A record that had stood for ten long years was broken- TWICE ON THE SAME DAY, And that’s not all. Sri Lanka broke the barrier 3 months later. South Africa did it again. Suddenly, almost magically, the barrier was gone. In fact, since that record-breaking day in Johannesburg, the 400-run barrier has been breached six time already.
It all boils down to your own belief as I always say, if you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand. Once you believe something is possible, the rest becomes easy. Belief is the vital first step towards achievement.
Keep hope alive. Take charge. Hope is what ensures we keep going when all seems lost. But hope alone is never enough. You need to take responsibility. AND YOU FINALLY NEED TO TAKE ACTION.
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