Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Belief Helps You Succeed But Can It Win A Boat Race? > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Belief Helps You Succeed But Can It Win A Boat Race?

On March 27th 2005, Oxford won the annual boat race against their rivals, Cambridge.

A commentator remarked that both teams believed 100% at the start that they would win. Cambridge were described as the beauty because their technique was so good. Oxford were described as the beast because they were heavier and more powerful.

However, as the race started, one of the Cambridge crew did not dip his oar deep enough into the water and it skimmed the surface. As a result, the Cambridge boat got off to a bad start.

Immediately the confidence and belief in the Oxford boat went up a few notches as they soared ahead and the belief in the Cambridge boat went down a few notches.

The reality is that belief does not exist on its own. It feeds on the actions that we take. Belief can recover from mistakes but in the heat of a competition there is not always time to recover enough to win. Fortunately in ordinary life there is more time. You can make hundreds of mistakes and still succeed.

Other factors influence belief like the past history of a competition. These factors are not always decisive but they can be powerful. 63% of the Oxford v Cambridge races have been won by the heavier crew. The Cambridge crew drank lots of water at the start but that could not make up for the weight and power of muscle! They should have picked bigger and stronger men.

In the end and at the beginning, the technique of the Oxford boat was better. It was the newspapers who had fed the lie that the Cambridge technique was superior in order to make their stories more interesting and to create the imagery of the beauty v the beast.

Belief probably did win the race for Oxford but it was a belief that grew as they began to move ahead and realize that they could win and it was a belief that was accompanied by six months of hard training which built power and technique.

In January 2005, Steve McLaren, manager of Middlesborough, was facing Manchester United in one of the biggest domestic English football competitions.

Manchester United is one of the top soccer clubs in the world today but Steve's team have beaten Manchester United in the past and he took the view that this past success might give them the belief they need to win:

"Belief comes from past performance. We know what it takes to win at Old Trafford (the Manchester home ground) against Manchester United".

Steve believed that his team needed both belief and a bit of luck. In the end his team lost 3 nil. What went wrong? Maybe the belief was just a vague hope. To be effective belief needs to be expectation.

Horatio Nelson understood this at the battle of Trafalgar. His famous signal to the British fleet was:" England expects every man to do his duty."

By expecting the best from his sailors, he brought the best out of them. It is interesting that he did not say: "England expects victory."

No one can decide in advance who wins in any competition whether it is a game or a war. Any gambler will tell you that. The other side may well have some secret weapon. However, every one can control how they perform as individuals. Everyone can do their duty.

Results in any type of competition are out of our hands. Good results will usually follow hard work but the competition might be working harder than us and they may be more talented than us. All we can do is work our own socks off.

Maybe Steve McLaren should have told his team that he expected them not to rely on luck or past performance but to work as hard as they possibly could. Sheer effort is an element that can make beliefs come true even against heavy odds. Certainly luck is important but we all know the famous saying: "The harder I work, the luckier I get."

Belief is not overrated but it must be strong enough to create some great expectations and must be accompanied by hard work and skill.

It also helps if the other team have a bad day and get off to a poor start.

About the author

John Watson is an award winning teacher and martial arts instructor. He has recently written two books about achieving your goals and dreams.

They can both be found on his website: http://www.motivationtoday.com along with a daily motivational message.

The title of the first book is "36 Laws To Ignite Your Inner Power And Realize Your Dreams Now! - Acronyms, Stories, And Pictures?Easy To Remember And Use Everyday To Grab Your Life And Soar With The Eagles"

The book can be found at this URL: http://www.motivationtoday.com/36_laws.php

The book uses acronyms, stories and pictures to help readers remember 36 laws that can gradually transform your life if you apply them.

You are welcome to publish the article above in your ezine or on your website so long as you do not alter it and keep in the words about the author and the 36 Laws.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

TheWrap

Can 'Mamma Mia' Sequel Repeat Original's Runaway Box Office Success?
TheWrap
Ten years ago, while “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man” were ushering us into a new age of superhero blockbuster domination, “Mamma Mia!” was waving the flag for ABBA fans and mid-budget movies alike. Now Universal is hoping to repeat that success with ...

and more »

Variety

'Fortnite's' Rocket Launch Was a Success Thanks, in Part, to Amazon Web Services
Variety
Online game events can be disastrous. Just ask “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic, whose inaugural Pokémon Go Fest was plagued by connectivity issues. Better yet, ask any MMO player how it feels to be stuck in a queue on launch night. Sometimes, game ...

and more »

Los Angeles Times

1968: Hockey's western migration set stage for success in LA, Las Vegas
Los Angeles Times
The speedy, spunky Vegas Golden Knights became the hottest show in a city that appreciates entertainment, getting off to a good start and proving their success wasn't a mirage when they reached the Stanley Cup Final. The NHL's 31st team was a huge hit, ...

and more »

Newsweek

In Russia, Officials Declare Putin's Meeting With Trump A Success
NPR
Dmitri Trenin of the Moscow Center at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discusses the consequences of the Trump-Putin meeting. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Illuminating storytelling, deep ...
Trump says meeting with Putin was a 'great success,' slams 'fake news'New York Post
Trump-Putin Summit: Russian Media Declares Success for 'Master' PutinNewsweek
Trump touts success with Putin as loyalists pile on criticismPOLITICO.eu
Christian Science Monitor -Politico -The Moscow Times
all 3,568 news articles »

Entrepreneur

The One Quality That Has Fueled Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Success
Entrepreneur
It's like clockwork. Once the temperature hits above 90 degrees, there will be some sort of offering from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the box office that has the actor, producer and entrepreneur capably fighting some gigantic force to save the world.
Why The Rock's Social Media Muscle Made Him Hollywood's Highest-Paid ActorForbes

all 63 news articles »

The Seattle Times

Koepka traces golfing success to Scotland, aims to win Open
The Seattle Times
DeChambeau's playing style is unique but so far successful. He is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and finished tied for 25th at the U.S. Open. He is playing in his second British Open, missing the cut last year at Royal Birkdale. ___. PAIN BARRIER.

and more »

Trump boasts about success of summit with Putin
The Jerusalem Post
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.


New York Times

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds
New York Times
GETA, Nepal — Fifteen years ago, Shiva Lal Rana walked 20 miles to Geta Eye Hospital to ask doctors to pluck out all his eyelashes. Trachoma, a bacterial infection, had swollen and inverted his eyelids. With every blink, his lashes raked his corneas.


The Guardian

Kylie Jenner has fuelled the myth of early success – but the odds are stacked against the young
The Guardian
Another problem with fetishising early success is that amplifying super-successful young outliers helps gloss over the inconvenient fact that most millennials are far worse off than the generation before them. Insecure jobs, low wages and unaffordable ...
Kylie Jenner Asks Travis Scott 23 Questions | GQYouTube
How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 YearsForbes
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott on Love, Making It Work, and the Kardashian CurseGQ Magazine
GoFundMe -Refinery29
all 438 news articles »
Google News

Plants, Herbs and Roots For Prosperity

Plants of all kinds (including trees), herbs and roots have... Read More

Five Formulas for Committing to Success!

1. Clear vision + Intention + Purpose... Read More

A Recipe for Living

As a professional speaker, father and business owner I often... Read More

The Impossible Dream

The 72,500 men, women and children sat in an uncomfortable... Read More

Self Improvement and Living in the Present Moment

Having clear goals and desires for our future, and planning... Read More

The Importance of Integrity

The single most important quality you can ever develop that... Read More

What is Success Really?

Every single one of us is trying to reach success.... Read More

The Seven Cs of Success

Get ready to sail the Seven C's - the Seven... Read More

Whos Up For A Challenge?

Depending on the person, challenges can either make or break... Read More

K.O.R.E. Elements of Success

I want to focus our thoughts on each of these... Read More

Become a Dreamer!

Cool Facts: Walt Disney went bankrupt several times before he... Read More

Re-defining Success in Midlife

When entering second adulthood, many women will begin a journey... Read More

Are You An Expert At What You Do?

One of the most common refrains I hear from people... Read More

The High Cost of Doing Nothing

Cost is sometimes a difficult term to define. Here, we... Read More

Own Your Success

Are you getting frustrated because the work you continue to... Read More

Reach Your Goals - Have A Pitch Party

Have a "Pitch Party" Invite friends and work together to... Read More

Do You Need A Change Of Mind?

Napoleon Hill, the famous inspirational writer, once met a reader... Read More

The Psychology Of Success; Part 2

In the first part of this article you learned some... Read More

The Bubble Of Prosperity

My life is a bubble; but how much solid cash... Read More

Your Money or Your Life!

Quote of the month: Am I working to live or... Read More

Tools for Constructing the Road to Success

Too many times in the pursuit of our dreams, we... Read More

Hispanicus Economicus

Something's missing! As a Hispanic in this great country, I... Read More

The Four Key Traits of Highly Successful People

Recently, I was asked to write a Top 10 list... Read More

You Know How, But Do You Know Why?

An unexamined life is not worth living ? SocratesAll too... Read More

Busy, Busy, Busy

Being busy has become a way of life for many... Read More