Saturday was rugby day for me, watching the Springboks play against Wales in the quarter-finals followed by the All Blacks against France. First of all I was happy to see my team beat Wales although I was not entirely happy with their overall performance. The semi-finals against the All Blacks is going to be a tough one. South Africa really need to pick up their game, stop kicking the ball away and get sharper on their handling to avoid turnovers. The All Blacks played an excellent game and completely crushed France.
Watching the games, I couldn’t help thinking what made the difference. All four teams are great but two were not good enough on the day. For me it came down to one thing – commitment. If you want to win, you need to be 100% in. The Springboks got more committed as time was running out and managed to squeeze in a win. But I did not see the same level of commitment throughout the entire game and that cost them. They were lucky to walk away with a win and to be honest, it could have gone either way.
In the case of New Zealand, you could see they were 100% committed from start to finish. They meant business. Every mistake made by France was punished by the All Blacks. They did not hesitate and knew exactly what it was they needed to do and simply went out and executed. I cannot say the same about France. I saw fear and, at times, giving up a little too soon. In a match like this where the stakes are high, you must chase it down until the end even if it looks like the other player already got away. I was expecting a tougher fight from France. They are a great team. I believe that they would have performed a lot better than what they did if they had all of their hearts and minds in it.
This applies to all of us in whatever it is that we do. In order to win, to be successful, to be the best, we have to be 100% committed. Without full commitment, fear creeps in and prevents us from performing at our highest level. Without our hearts and minds in it, we don’t try hard enough and may miss things which (although just) were actually within our reach.
If you want to be successful, then make a decision today to be 100% committed and give 100% effort to make sure it happens. Don’t let fear get the better of you and don’t let laziness be the reason for your failure. Focus on what you want and go get it. Don’t give up.
The Springboks almost lost the game. Don’t take chances with your own success. Give it your all from the get-go. Don’t risk it. Start with one thing in mind – to win in whatever terms applicable to your situation or dreams. Execute on that.
Keep growing and stay healthy!