The news that Andy Murray has become the first British player to reach World Number One since computerised rankings began in 1973, is testament to his extraordinary commitment, resilience and self-belief.
In a year that has seen Murray regain his Wimbledon title and win a second Olympic Gold medal, being crowned the best player in the world must surely be the icing on the cake.
So what lessons can we learn from Andy Murray’s remarkable achievements to help us reach the top of our game in the business world?
3 Steps To Help You Reach The Pinnacle Of Success:
You Need To Put In The Hours
When Murray was asked how it felt to become World Number One, he said, “I feel like getting to number one wasn’t about this week, or about last week. It’s been many years of work to get here.” Murray clearly shows that it takes commitment and hard work to achieve the extraordinary. According to the 10,000 hour rule, it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become world-class in any field. This holds equally true in the business world – you need to work hard to hone your commercial skills so that you can drive your performance and achieve real success.
You Need To Bounce-Back When Times Are Tough
Murray’s ability to overcome obstacles and persevere in the face of adversity is clear for all to see. Chris Hoy explained the secret to Murray’s success when he said, “ There’s something about his mental attitude, it’s more than the physical side…it’s his determination to come back from setbacks and keep battling.” Resilience and the ability to pick yourself up when times are tough is a characteristic of all successful individuals. It’s only by taking the learnings from a situation and moving forward that you can hope to keep raising the bar. In the case of Murray, he recently refashioned and accelerated his second serve to amazing results, showing once again his constant drive for self-improvement.
You Need To Believe In Yourself
Last and by no means least, it takes an enormous amount of self-belief to become world-class in your chosen field. It has taken Murray seven years and two months to reach world number one after achieving world number two and this shows the importance of adopting a winning mindset. Murray has credited his coach Ivan Lendl with banishing his feelings of self-doubt and convincing him that he had what it takes to become a champion. This ability to silence your inner gremlins – those voices in your head that tell you why we can’t achieve something – is crucial to achieving success whether it’s on the tennis court or in the boardroom.
We hope that by following Murray’s shining example and combining hard work, perseverance and a winning mindset, you will be able to develop your skills, unlock your confidence and become a true commercial athlete operating at the top of your game.