How many of you have seen Shane Watson’s recent performances in the 20/20 and 50 over games in the past week or so? He has been absolutely outstanding hasn’t he? Whether you like cricket or hate it, this man provides a lesson in perseverance, self belief and a never give up attitude. He won man of the match in a losing team in the first 20/20 game, and then backed it up with a record score in a record run chase to win the 50 over game. He had a pretty good test series in a team that was comprehensively flogged by the Poms. He won the ABC Cricketer of the year medal for the best player of the last 12 months for Australia. He also won the prestigious Allan Border Medal in 2010, the official Australian player of the year medal handed out by the Australian Cricket Board.
But, it hasn’t been an easy or rosy run for Shane Watson. It has been a hard, long and arduous road, full of serious injuries, and in the early years full of berating by the media and general public about him being ‘over-rated’. Shane Watson is a perfect example of someone who believes in their dream, believes in their ability, and who has done everything humanly possible to ensure he achieves his dreams despite all of the hardships and challenges along the way.
When you take a closer look at his career, his depth of character and strength is revealed. So many others would have given up if they had to face some of the challenges he has faced in terms of his career. He has had career threatening injuries a number of times, but he kept working until he made it back. Others would have taken the line that ‘it wasn’t meant to be’, or that it was all too hard, or used these injuries as excuses as to why they couldn’t succeed. He didn’t. He just kept plugging away. He knew what he wanted, and he kept going for it.
He was chosen in the Australian team originally nearly 10 years ago in 2002. It has only really been the past 2 to 3 years that he has cemented his position in the team in all forms of the game. And my oath, hasn’t he taken that chance! The other thing that makes this guy’s story even more inspiring is that he has totally transformed his game, mostly because of his injuries. He was always considered to be an ‘all-rounder’. For those who aren’t familiar with cricket terms, this means someone who is fairly good at both batting and bowling. But, at the start of his international career he was considered as more of a bowler who could bat a bit. Now, he is opening the batting for Australia in all forms of the game and is our best batsmen (who can also bowl a bit). These skills are completely different to master, and only a handful of people are able to do it at the highest level.
Sure, he is obviously a talented man… but his character traits such as his tenacity, his inner strength, and self belief is what has gotten him to where he is right now…. On top of the world!
Is there an area of your life where you could persevere more, or show more inner resolve? Take a lesson from Watto… Believe in yourself and your ability, back yourself, keep your eye on the prize and go for it!
Have a great week guys!