Richie Hogan is a wonderful hurler.  If you don’t know what a hurler is, it’s a person who plays hurling.  If you don’t know what hurling is, you’re missing out on what is quite possibly the greatest sport on the planet.

    Many years ago I read a quote from Richie: “It’s all about the next ball.”

    You don’t navel gaze. 

    You process the past. 

    You take on board whatever is to be learnt.

    And you move on.

    Easier said than done sometimes.  It can be tempting and easy to dwell on the past.  To continuously wonder what if. 

    There’s a balance to be struck isn’t there?  We shouldn’t live in the past.  But the past does have lessons to teach us that’ll aid our future.

    How to get the balance right?

    Most days, at the end of the day, I do some reflection.  It only takes a few minutes.  I’ve a standard few questions I ask myself.  The answers help me, e.g., to identify what to do and what to avoid doing.

    It’s a few minutes well spent.  And life goes on just fine if there is an occasional day when it doesn’t happen.

    Do you do reflection?  If yes, great.

    If not, it can be a powerful technique to help you chart the best way forward.  Something to consider?

    Richie Hogan is a supremely talented sportsman.  But talent only gets you so far.  It needs to be combined with a modest amount of reflection, hard work, and the right mindset. 

    Adopting Richie’s mindset can help us – even people like me who are not particularly talented!

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