What are you expecting from the upcoming Semiâ€™s and Finals? What are the players and coaches expecting? The Best in Sport manage their own expectations and formulate top-class expectations – The Brand investigates.
In the last weeks we have looked at how, what you believe influences your â€˜Awayâ€™ performance. We discussed how â€˜Matureâ€™ players control their thoughts and emotions while in the middle of the battle. Last week, we saw that effective decision making can only come from ‘Owning your Authority’.
This week we have high expectations for another brilliant and exploring discussion, following from the quotes in our local newspapers.
In The Star, Monday 2 October 2006, Michael Schumacher said after winning the Chinese Grand Prix, against seasonal odds is leading the World Championship level on points with Alonso: â€œNow we go into the last two races to see what happens and I believe we will go to the last one before a decision is reached. It is going to be an interesting couple of weeks and I am looking forward to it very much.â€?
The Citizen, Monday 2 October 2006, Western Province coach Kobus van der Merwe: â€œNow, itâ€™s all systems go for next weekendâ€™s showdown with the Bulls at Loftus Versveld. Itâ€™s a great challenge, a great opportunity.â€?
The Citizen, Monday 2 October 2006, Pote Human coach of the Blue Bulls: â€œFrom here on in, the playing fields are as level as bowling greens. The side which wins its last two games, will win the Currie Cup.â€?
Beeld, Monday 2 October 2006, Eugene Eloff coach of the Lions: â€œIt would have been a bonus if we made the Semiâ€™s.â€?
To what degree do expectations influence behaviour?
The Pygmalion research done in the past in the US, found the expectations of teachers alone, to be determinant of the performance results of the students.
What can we learn about a person, from his expectations of an approaching event?
Comparing only these four quotes, we have a great opportunity to view the â€˜Frames of Mindâ€™ of each person, how they play the game and view their potential of the next two weeks.
Schumacher is in a class of his own, no wonder, with such an enhancing view of the races ahead. We do not find a single word that detracts from his potential, every word is factually based, not emotionalized. The races hold zero threat, the next race is not definitive â€“ see how he creates a â€˜spaceâ€™ of possibility in his mind. The two weeks ahead are just information â€“ not â€˜loadedâ€™ in any way. He almost displays a curiosity, an eagerness for what may happen. This is a Master Class in how to manage your expectations, for all of us, thank you Michael!
Van der Merwe talks about a â€˜showdownâ€™ â€“ do you also see in your mind â€˜OK Corralâ€™ looming ahead â€“ a â€˜challengeâ€™ â€“ maybe we make it maybe not â€“ and only then a statement about the â€˜opportunityâ€™ and with that last word he brings about potential. Do you also get a feeling of â€˜gung-hoâ€™, â€˜go for itâ€™, â€˜no risks no gloryâ€™ and is that not to a large degree what we experienced from Province this season? His words are emotionally â€˜loadedâ€™, a win-lose thinking process and so it becomes more difficult for him or his players to be like a Tiger Woods â€“ â€œThey go about their work very professionally, almost with a cold kind of ruthlessness.â€?
Human in one sentence wipes out any limiting beliefs Province players might have had about â€˜Fortress Loftusâ€™ â€“ now Loftus is reduced to a bowling green â€“ how intimidating can that be? Donâ€™t expect any flashy lights or fancy fireworks from this guy. I did though, really enjoyed the â€˜hard manâ€™sâ€™ logic â€“ â€œThe side which wins its last two games, will win the Currie Cup.â€?
Classic man, absolutely classic!
Eloff explains why the Lions were never going to be in the Semiâ€™s through their own actions. He â€˜saysâ€™ that the Semiâ€™s where not part of their plans, and their brilliant performance this year was unexpected. He tells us he had license to take risks. They threw the dice and did not get the â€˜bonusâ€™.
How do expectations create an attractor frame? How do we experience what we expect, we see what we sort for, we get what we think we should get?
Remember when your wife fell pregnant and all of a sudden all the expecting women in the world walked past you? Remember when you set your mind on just that new perfect car â€“ and then you saw that car around every corner? Remember every time when you thought a lady was out of you league, but tried your luck in any case and got burned? Remember also every time you just â€˜knewâ€™ you had a girlâ€™s number and scored?
Was all of that pure coincidence?
Your own evidence begs to differ â€“ you get what you expect â€“ win or lose!!!
In what way do your expectations determine your performance?
In what way does a playerâ€™s expectations of a game influence his performance?
In what way does a coachâ€™s expectation of his team influence their performance?
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