27 February 2015

tennisThere are many reasons why Andy Murray won ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ in 2013. He achieved remarkable breakthrough moments in a sport that Britain has struggled to compete in at the top level.

He has done this with the eyes of the nation focused on him and all of their hopes resting on his performances. I can only imagine how many mental barriers he has had to break through in order to get this far.

So it was interesting to hear that one of the pieces of advice he gave to himself before a match recently was: ‘be good to yourself’. It got me thinking about success and the way we react to mistakes we might make when competing, whether that’s in sport or in business. It’s all too easy to start criticising ourselves with thoughts like, “I’m not good enough”, but at what cost? What does being unkind to ourselves like this actually achieve?

Being good to ourselves involves a range of things, from a healthy diet to regular exercise, but it’s also about fostering a sense of self-belief. How many people who are supportive and kind to others might not treat themselves with the same positive, caring attitude? If this is you, maybe it’s time to take Andy Murray’s advice on board and start being good to yourself too. Who knows what you might achieve!

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