Focus beyond distraction

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An interesting dynamic between two football teams.

It was the third game in the State of Origin, a series of rugby games between Queensland and New South Wales in Australia.

I don’t usually watch such games, but this was special. It was the decider game – and people are immensely passionate about it.

And the teams approached it from completely different angles – not just from opposite sides on the pitch.

Here is what Malcolm wrote about our observations:

“One team started, from the whistle, with the sole aim of ‘playing’ their opponents – the other team played ‘for the ball’.  You’d think they’d both want the same thing i.e. to win the game.

That they should have such diametrically opposed strategies was, it turned out, unfortunate for NSW. You see, focus on the task i.e. ‘get ball to opponents end and place on ground’ was the only available path to success – as success itself, in this instance, is solely measured in the repeated execution of that seemingly simple task to the extent that, after 80 minutes of ‘play’ one team has done it more often than the other (conversions and penalties not withstanding).

In writing ‘seemingly simple’ I have no wish to detract anything from the amazing effort that was put to the task by the Queensland team. Their relentless creativity and ‘hunger for the ball’ saw them able to see past the NSW team’s efforts to turn the ‘game’ into a ‘fight’. They stayed focused on the task of ‘get ball to opponents end and place on ground’ and, in the main, didn’t even notice what the other team were trying to do. The result – Qld 52 vs 6 NSW – shows just how focused the Maroons were.”

What’s in this story for you?

Stay focused on the task.

Do not worry about what other people do – you cannot change them.

You can only change yourself.

You too can be a leader in your own right.

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