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A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have an exchange with Greg Chappell about cricket. Greg suggested that the next frontier in performance would be in mental skills. I've been reflecting on that exchange recently. Through the prism of my two favourite sports, golf and cricket, the article below discusses the value of accepting imperfection while pursuing mastery. As usual, I encourage you to share your thoughts.

Like Golf, Cricket is definitely not a game of Perfect.

Dr Bob Rotella’s book, Golf is not a game of Perfect, contains numerous gold nuggets of wisdom for anyone serious about improving their sporting performance.

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3 weeks ago

Hearty congratulations to teenager Rohan Handa who in November 2023 was presented with a British Citizen Youth Honours Award.

During lockdown, Rohan created and shared cricket and fitness videos (Youtube - Cricket Nuggets by Rohan Handa) to promote healthy living inspire and encourage others to keep fit and develop their cricket skills during isolation.

The medal presentation took place at the Palace of Westminster, and Rohan was invited to 10 Downing Street after the ceremony.

Well done Rohan – we hope you continue to enjoy your cricket.

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6 months ago

This isn’t a story about a game of cricket or a cricketer but it is for all cricket fans throughout Australia especially those with kids or grandkids between the ages of 8 and 14 (tweens or teens as they say).

I love promoting businesses when I can clearly see value they can add and bring to the community. It’s even better when the business is founded and owned by people within the cricket community.

My kids have progressed through their teenage years (well almost all the way through) and they’ve grown up with all the new technology platforms. They’ve been hooked, distracted, entertained, and interestingly become bored and tired of their negativity.

When I heard about Zown, I thought why not share it with as many people as possible.

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7 months ago

The Second Spinner – A Story of Cricket and Mental Health

On the surface, I had a fortunate grade career. A couple of games in 1st grade, a handful in 2s, but generally speaking a middle to lower grader who was just happy to be out on the field, desperately trying to contribute. I wasn’t a great player, but I absolutely busted my gut. I attended every training session for seasons on end, and bowled for hours, put cricket before everything. I wanted to be a guy that others wanted to play with.

All the while though, when you live with anxiety – and many do, more than we realise – there is that little voice inside you that tells you that you aren’t good enough, you will get found out, your teammates don’t rate you, or even like you, and it is all going to fall away as quickly as it became important to you because that is what you deserve. You become pretty convincing, even though hindsight shows that the anxiety is only you talking to yourself.

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