This picture shows the moment England won the cricket world cup, on 14 July 2019, during a ‘super over’ in the finest game of cricket ever to occur since the sport was invented in 1597 … 422 years ago.

Jos Buttler … the English wicketkeeper … fields a throw from Jason Roy who had sprinted in from the midwicket boundary … picked up the ball in one fell sweep … and launched it to Jos … who was perfectly poised to gather the ball … break the wickets … and give England their first cricket world cup win since the competition began in 1975 … 44 years ago.

The deciding action of the whole world cup lasted all of ten seconds. A moment in time that took 44 years to create by the country who originated the sport 422 years ago.

Jason Roy is a specialist batsman renowned for his explosive hitting of the ball. He’s torn apart the majority of the world’s best bowling attacks … reducing them to seem like average ‘village’ cricketers.

He’s not a specialist fielder … but … when the time came … he stepped up, did his job, and helped England win the world cup off the very last ball of the game.

His secret … practice.

Jason Roy would have practised that very move of picking up the ball whilst running and throwing it into the stumps literally thousands of times.

And … it paid off in the greatest game of cricket ever witnessed in 422 years.

My question for you this week is …

‘What’s your current practice?’

What part of your game are you working on?

Not cricket, but your game as ‘being’ human.

Consider what area of life, personally or professionally, you’re looking to develop or overcome a challenge in.

It could be anything …

  • A challenging relationship.
  • Bringing the best out of your team.
  • Communicating with your children.
  • Improving your health and fitness.
  • Astonishing clients.
  • Your marriage.
Whatever it is, you can develop it through practice…
  • A challenging relationship — slow down and ask how you could bring more empathy.
  • Bringing the best out of your team — create and keep agreements and ‘be’ your word (no matter how small they are).
  • Communicating with your children — be present and talk to them with loving maturity.
  • Improving your health and fitness — follow through with that run you promised to have.
  • Astonishing clients — what would really serve your client right now?
  • Your marriage — don’t bring up past baggage if you start to get upset … aim to hold a loving space when talking.

The wonderful thing is, with practice, you have 100% control.

It’s your choice whether you do it or not. And, whatever you focus your time and attention on through practice will grow and develop. It’s that simple.

What’s your practice?

Love and wellness,

David.

Ps. You can relive the magic moment again by watching this 2 min video(and, it’s okay if you have no idea about cricket … you’ll still gain value from watching the clip).

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“Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as practice makes perfect.”
— Periander.