Andy Murray had been on the radio talking about himself this week and I learnt a few things I think you and I should practise from him. (Not with regards to Tennis lessons or tips though…lol)
Andy Murray is a Tennis professional and a 2-time Wimbledon winner who has been world number one in the rankings in recent years. Last year, after much struggles with injuries and pain, he decided to embark on a surgery and thought that would be the end of his career. So, he had a press conference announcing his probable retirement. It was a sad day, as the world saw a seemingly unemotional man break down when he faced the challenge of a future without tennis, the game he always loved, played and was known for.
Andy went through the surgery as well as the recovery process. Surprisingly and miraculously as he once said, he healed properly and has now started participating in competitive tennis again. He mentioned in his interview this morning that his injuries stopped him, and the time out gave him the opportunity to re-evaluate his life and priorities. He mentioned that his whole focus had always been on winning the next game. When he won, he just wants to go out there and win more. Whenever he didn’t win, he got consumed with the negative results so much that he just could not find the time to enjoy his life nor even the game he once loved anymore. Andy mentioned that he totally lost sight of his reason for playing tennis in the first place. He lost sight of his reason why.
The last few months helped him conclude that he didn’t want to play the second half of his tennis career (if he has one) the way he played the first half. His attitude towards his tennis games, family, and life in general has taken a new direction and he mentioned the fact that he wanted to recapture and refocus on his original reason; I played tennis because I love Tennis!
It is so easy to lose sight of why we do what we do. We lose sight of what is important because we sometimes get carried away by success, the crowd, the demands of others and so many other things. Loosing sight of our reasons why will make us find ourselves in the rat race of attempting to work harder, and not smarter. Going for a goal we find out we cannot achieve and many sad days. All because of the wrong focus.
The bible made us understand that even Jesus had to remember ‘His Why’ and that helped Him deal with all He encountered on the way. That ensured He was not derailed or dissatisfied.
Hebrews 12:2 says fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He set His sight right, remembered His reason and got to His destination for which He was rewarded. Joy lies ahead, but you must remember why you are on this road in the first instant and keep your focus on your destination because God is on your side!