Ever heard a conversation at your cricket club go something like this:
Senior Player: That Jim is a good player but he tries too hard.
Club Pro: We will soon get that out of him!
The underlying sentiment seems to be that success is wanted by the club, but you can't be seen to be trying too hard to get it.
It's this very approach that stops teams warming up properly, practising regularly with intensity and getting the best out of each other.
Commitment is fine once the white line is crossed and the umpire calls 'play', but not before.
The only difference is time
Why can't a club side take a professional approach to preparation as well as play? You can work just as effectively as an amateur or semi-pro as you can as a professional. You just have less time to do it.
Follow the approach of the Irish for a great example.
It's all down to a matter of your mental approach.
Yet players hold themselves back because they don't want to be seen to be too keen. They want their natural talent to carry them through rather than make the most of what they have.
It makes no sense.
Surely if you are going to do something, you do it was well as you can in the time and knowledge available?
I can help with the knowledge all you have to do is bring full commitment as much as you can. After all, if others in your club see the dramatic improvement that good preparation, better fitness and a well rounded mental approach makes then maybe they will try a bit harder too.
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