Roger Twose's motivation tips

Roger Twose's Plank Theory


dotOK, imagine a plank of wood. Just a normal one - about 12cm wide and 5m or so long, lying on the ground.
dotFocus on the plank, and only on the plank.
dotNow walk from one end of the plank to the other without falling off.

No problem? Shouldn't be...

dotOK, now imagine the two tallest buildings in New Zealand, and they're five metres apart from each other. The plank is stretched between them.
dotFocus on the plank, and only on the plank.
dotNow walk from one end of the plank to the other without falling off!

Ha - got a problem with that? Reckon you'd fall off? Well, why - what's changed about the plank and what it takes to walk along it?


"That's the problem," Roger says. "It's still the same task, but now that the plank's up high, people can't imagine being able to do it. Instead of focusing on walking the plank, now they're thinking "what happens if I fall off?" They've let themselves be distracted by other stuff that's got nothing to do with the real task.

A big match is the same - if you're thinking, "this is such a big crowd, it's so important to win", then you're being distracted from concentrating on actually playing. Because of this, you probably won't play as well as usual.

But don't start thinking that motivation's all about having nerves of steel. "We all get nervous, we all get negative thoughts - it's horrible, but we do all get them. It takes the mentally strong to throw them out and concentrate just on playing your best."

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