What is going through the mind of Yuvraj Singh just now? His performance was called the ‘Dementor’s Kiss’ that sucked the life out of India’s game in the World Cup final. He has been accused of being one of the chief contributors to India’s loss to Sri Lanka in the final.
While support for Yuvraj Singh has come from different people like:
– Yograj Singh (his father) : “Yuvraj should not be singled out”
– Sachin Tendulkar (former team-mate): Last Evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticized. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off.
– Harbhajan Singh (former team-mates):
Shocking to c every1 blaming @yuvstrong12. Guys this man has won u 2wc’s. One of the rare match winners india has produced
— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) April 6, 2014
– Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah tweeted:
Some have even gone to the extent of saying that the opposition was celebrating him as one of their heroes. Yuvraj jokes are trending on social media:
Dear Indian team, come back but don’t forget leave Yuvraj in Bangladesh — Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) April 6, 2014
What is going through his mind just now?
Have you ever had a bad day? Have you ever made a bad mistake? Have you been through tough times when nothing was going right for you? I think we all know that at some stage in our lives, the answer to these questions has been ‘yes’. What went through our minds then? I, for one, found it very easy to slip into a ‘victim’ mindset. I thought that I was the product of my circumstances and that the world was conspiring against me. It would be very easy for Yuvraj Singh or anyone else to fall into a defeatist attitude when they make mistakes.
How good are your Motivation Skills?
When we conduct employee Motivation Skills Training there are 3 ways to self-motivation that we would recommend you do to handle challenging situations and get into the mode of ‘Living Strong’:
- Accept yourself: No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Is it important to be self-critical? Yes. Is it important to reflect? Yes. But it is also important that you accept yourself. People can only be there for you, but they cannot walk in your shoes. Accepting yourself and tuning into your inner being is the first step to making a comeback from a challenging situation. Yuvraj Singh will need to do this (if he hasn’t already). So do countless others who face challenges every day.
- Believe in yourself: It is especially important to do this in times when no one else believes in you. It is important to focus on your positives. Past achievements and milestones come in handy to remind you of the goodness and capabilities that lie within you. Just a few days before the T20 world cup final, Yuvraj Singh had played a match winning innings against Australia. He also has the ability to break world records, as was evident from him hitting 6 consecutive sixes in an amazing display of talent. He will need to remember those moments and rediscover his self-belief. It is also important for us to reflect on such moments in our lives and understand what we did right to rediscover the mental strength and self- belief that guided us through those moments successfully.
- Push Yourself: Failures and challenges are some of our greatest teachers in life. Pushing past them is what gives us growth and builds character. Yuvraj Singh pushed past criticism and failure to help India achieve success in the cricket world cup in 2011. He was then diagnosed with cancer. He pushed past that. There was a long road to recovery. He pushed past that. It was challenging to make it back to the team. He pushed past that. Once back in the team, his fitness was questioned and he was dropped again. He pushed past that and regained fitness and his place in the team. He now faces another challenge. One that will test his mental strength. I have no doubt that he will push past this too. In everyday life, we all face those moments when were are tired, mentally fatigued and feel like things are not going our way. We need to push our minds to get past it. In our Motivation skills Training we talk about ways to keep pushing ourselves every day. Because when we do, we transform ourselves into higher beings, constantly striving for excellence.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Nelson Mandela