Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been a keen observer of the Australian Open. Although I’m not a tennis player and never have been I find it fascinating to watch the worlds best players in action.
The ball boys and girls also captured my attention. In particular the way they are trained with a system that works. They must have a lot of training because to me the balls move around the court with seamless, routine precision and are where they need to be for the players. The balls are either picked up quickly after a shot has been played, or rolled to the end of the court ready for the next serve. Quite often this all goes on around the players so seamlessly it goes unnoticed.
What I realised is that this is a system that works. Any sporting event, business or presentation to be successful must have a system that works and the system must be repeated with monotonous enthusiasm.
I have to admit when I started out in my business I didn’t have a system that worked. In fact I’m not sure I had a system! I did have a belief that the product I had would work, but that wasn’t enough on its own. I observed others in business and paid exorbitant amounts of money to people who I thought would have all the answers I needed. I learnt a lot and the end result is that I mushed together systems and ideas that others used and molded them to suit my business.
The end result is I have a system and it works!
It’s critical to have a system that works. Even when you doubt yourself, (and we all have those moments) keep following the system. Keep doing what works.
Remember the tennis players and ball boys and girls, and keep doing what works, what you are trained to do and what you know.