The Springboks beat Australia at Ellis Park yesterday. Although our concentration slipped a bit at the tail end of the match, allowing Australia to claw back 2 tries, we dominated for the majority of the game and I believe the best team on the day won. (Read more at keo.co.za
So what motivated this miraculous turnaround from last week's diabolical drubbing in Oz? Was it a homeground advantage? Perhaps. Was there a degree of desperation to the Boks performance, a sort of do or die attitude? Yes, there was. But that was not it. I don't think the changes Jake White made to the team made all the difference either (credit though to Steenkamp, and moving de Villiers to No. 12 was a revelation). I don't think the Aussies played particularly badly either. They defended like champions.
I believe it came down to a tasty concoction of psychological factors. Two in particular. Number one, we last fell to the Aussies at Ellis Park forty years ago. But there was something else at play - that Madiba Magic we all love so much. The sheer presence of the man instils such confidence that I'm almost convinced our guys believed there was simply no way they were going to lose. No matter what.
I have just read JK Rowling's sixth instalment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
. One of the chapters, titled Felix Felicis, tells the story of a magical potion that affords the drinker 24 hours of perfectly good luck. When Harry's best mate, Ron, experiences nerves before a big Quidditch match, Harry offers to give him some of the potion. Naturally, Ron excels in the match, saving every crucial goal, only to discover that Harry had tricked him and that he had performed on his own steam all along.
My point is, it's amazing what self belief can do. Our Boks excelled, I'm convinced, because they believed there was simply NO WAY they could possibly lose. Sheesh, a packed Ellis Park, Madiba in the stands, Clair Johnson singing Nkosi' Sikelele... who could lose???
Rina Stander said if you have a stirring about something that needs to be done and you are not doing it, you are commiting a sin against humanity. This may sound pretty harsh, but step back and ask yourself; What would I achieve if I knew I couldn't fail? What fears are keeping you from living your dreams?
Take a look at a typical day in your life: are your activites motivated by fear (fear of failure, fear of being disliked, not fitting in, fear of dying, fear of having no money...) or are you motivated by your biggest dreams, passions and ambitions?
I know which I am driven by, and I need to change...