While sharing his impressions of how champions like Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Laxman, Anil Kumble and others prepared, Noel gave a valuable insight into the mind of champions. He said that they were so focused and they so loved what they were doing (in this case, playing cricket), that they always, always spoke cricket. At dinner, at nets, after the game, in the bus, they would always be talking about the game. 'Others, like me for instance, would get bored of all this talk and talk of something else, but not them,' he said.
This indicates a new habit worth cultivating for the champion, and the best part is, that it has some attendant benefits as well. It is best to keep our focus on what we want. It is also best that we talk about it as much as we can because we could pick up some useful tips and support in the process. Come to think of it, all people who achieve things are like that, always talking about what they want - even in circumstances where there are people who may not fit.
What this does, apart from keeping your focus on what you want is that it clearly demarcates the kind of people you tend to move with. You will soon shift to people who can appreciate your talk and who can help you in your endeavour in one way or another. It will quickly keep away people who do not have focus or who do not support your seriousness. Even in teams, I feel this kind of talk should be encouraged as often as possible to keep the seriousness and the focus on what needs to be achieved.
Thanks for the tip Noel. Invaluable indeed.