Sep 22, 2017
In today’s podcast we have a very in depth, frank and honest interview with former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan who worked with me on his Mind Factor for a number of years
Vaughan was ranked one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/03 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs, including three centuries.
He captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26, a record and losing 11; England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 summer under Vaughan, and the pinnacle of his captaincy career came with a 2–1 victory in the 2005 Ashes, England's first Ashes victory since 1986/87. The series build as the ‘greatest test series of all time.
In this session Vaughan talks at length about how he and the team developed a process to beat a team who many thought were invincible.
If you are interested in either leading others or just leading yourself these simple concepts are priceless and can be applied to any setting where you want to get the best out of a group of people.
We also discuss
Early days and how a tough environment shaped his future career. The early effects of good and bad coaching. Developing a love of the game.
How a single opportunity came along that defined a future life and how he took that opportunity. Responding to opportunity as opposed to being scared.
How parents can get too involved in the development of young players.
How a young player needs to own their own process and not be too dependent on coaching. Coaching should be about bringing out learning as opposed to coaching too much theory.
Why talent can be coached out of players
The culture of overcomplicating games and the dangers of pampering people with too much
How enjoying the game is such a vital part of the game. Developing a mindset of ‘what will be will be’ and how if you have done your work and your preparation this can release you to play the game and express your own natural talent
Creating a plan to defeat perhaps the greatest test team of all time. How to play the ball not the man. Focus on what you can do as opposed to being drawn into the ‘story’ of what your opposition may or may not do.
Letting go of the fear of failure, some specifics.
The fact that mentally tough players deal with setbacks and how they are able to reset and get back on track. When it is time to look at your technique and create some change.
When you look at other sports how this can actually create breakthroughs by getting you out of your own ‘normal’ system
The importance of body language and how some simple steps in the way you carry yourself can have a big impact on the way you feel. How science has now started to back up this simple but incredibly effective concept.
When a conversation with a poorly youngster on the eve of the most important match of his life put the whole game in perspective and allowed him to go out and play perhaps his finest innings.
Making the complicated simple. Taking all of the worlds complexity and breaking it down to something simple that you can DO.
Staying ‘in the game’ when things get tough and how to develop mental toughness and also dealing with the ‘good days’ to be able to stay calm.
The way captaincy of the England team affected his own individual performance as a result of ATTENTION
Slowing your mind down at the right time to be able to access your ideal state of CALM. Getting away from ‘having’ to score a certain number of runs. Avoiding the danger of setting numeric targets.
Creating a new future. How when one chapter of your life is coming to an end the importance of creating new challenges. Planning for a future than gives you energy as opposed to always looking back on past glories.
Your time will come but it will also go. How to accept this and move on.
The strategies to become a great coach. Coaching the human being as opposed to just the ‘player’
The single most important factors in being able to lead others.
The magic of writing things down and how you can influence your future by writing down what works for you. The diary of success.
A fascinating insight from one of the truly great sportsmen of our age and what YOU can take from him and apply effectively to your own life.