Managing Your Mindset

We’re approaching the Australian Open again, and I’m reminiscing about the extraordinary viewing of those two weeks in 2022!!

Leadership Lessons from Barty and Nadal.

Whether you’re into tennis or not, there is so much to learn from watching these professional athletes in action. Their ability to overcome challenges, dig deep, fight back, stay calm, maintain or regain their composure, be strategic, focused, and clear-headed, adapt the game plan and so much more…

With January underway now… what balls have you already been thrown?

Have the shots gone your way?

Or have you found yourself already starting to sweat (our summer heat and humidity aside), struggle or scream?

Elite athletes will all attest to the absolute benefits and importance of their mindset and the very mental game that tennis (and other sports) are. Winning grand slams is far more than technical and physical expertise. Look at Nadal for that, 2 sets down and didn’t even know a few months prior whether he’d even be able to play tennis (due to injury) – what a remarkable achievement to win the AU Open. And Barty – she gets on court and means business. Her placement and consistency were absolutely remarkable throughout those 2 weeks of tennis.

Business Leadership is so much more than P&L statements, reporting, and team or board meetings.

Whilst there may be many roadblocks on your way to success in 2023, a lot that’s uncontrollable and ever-changing in the months ahead, what can remain a constant is the ability to manage your mindset.

It matters most because it’s not the event, situation, or conversation itself, it’s all about the way in which we react, respond and act – that counts.

We’re not necessarily born with mental fitness, like athletes train their bodies, they train their minds too.

Honing your skill and capability as a Leader requires you to;

– Stay disciplined with routines, rituals, and habits that help you be a productive and effective leader

– Communicate calmly, clearly, and intentionally even in the most challenging of times with the variety of stakeholders in your world, whether team members, peers, colleagues, senior management, board, suppliers, etc.

– Be assertive, decisive and a laser-focused action-taker – no more avoiding the hard stuff 😉

– Embrace systems, process, and structure that helps you, the team, and the business perform efficiently and achieve desired outcomes

– Brainstorm and problem-solve by finding options, solutions, and possibilities. It’s about seeing things from a different perspective

– Reconnect with your vision and purpose as a leader

It’s very easy at the moment to get caught up in the day-to-day, doing what’s expected, demanded, and needed to keep your tourism business going, let alone succeeding and providing great experiences for guests. It’s easy to focus on the negative and struggle to find the positive. It’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and who we’re being – all critical elements to staying in the game right now.

How’s your mental fitness right now? Are you focused, calm and clear-headed, no matter what the pace, quantity, and variety of balls are fired your way in 2023?




Reach out if you want to talk about priorities and your 2023 Tourism Leadership Plan.

P.S Whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways I can help you develop and work on your business leadership capabilities:

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  1. Join our Tourism Pro-Team Program
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  1. Let’s get the Whole Team Together
    Would you like a different perspective and someone else at the front of the room or on zoom/teams to lead regular and consistent team building, accountability, and engaging learning experiences, that drive results and outcomes for individuals, teams, and the business? If you feel a little challenged with everything going on, maybe sounding like a cracked recorded saying things repeatedly, or actually not 100% how to motivate and inspire the team, given the current nature of business, it may be useful for us to chat. Message TEAM to me here… and tell me a little about the business, your team, and what you’d like to work on together.

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