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The end of Wimbledon seems to signal the end of a particular chapter of the British summer – strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, champagne, and (like the weather) a mix of highs and lows, ups and downs, wins and losses, breathless anticipation and a few disappointments. I’m full of admiration for those dedicated athletes who battle for success and show their determination to succeed – even when a set down. There are some great role models for business people there.

I was particularly struck by Johanna Konta. She didn’t win, of course, and that’s not why I’m interested. Hers is a story of determination, focus and overcoming major setbacks. Things which would have derailed lesser mortals, I think, have been steps to success not resignation. Rather than wallow in the disappointment, she learns from what went wrong and uses that to move onwards and upwards. Her sports psychologist and mental performance coach, Elena Sosa, says:

“I think Johanna is the best I have seen at processing defeat. She knows exactly what is needed to move on quickly, and what you need to take from failure to become better”

Although we’d all like to be remembered for our victories, I don’t think I’d mind if that was how I was remembered – she was great at learning, knowing how to move on and keep going. Resilience is the key and I certainly have had to learn about that in my business career and personal life. Learning – as most of you will now know – is my passion and focus and I’m determined to make Rekindle a successful place for learning and development for all you business athletes out there. Sosa continues:

“…the most important muscle is the one between the ears. How you deal with different scenarios is the key to whether you win or lose”

Our next event on Friday 28th July is at the watershed of summer, with August just around the corner, and there’s plenty of learning, rethinking and opportunities for renewal there. Now Cindy Davis, our very own “mental performance coach”, might disagree slightly with that last quote because she’s going to tell us it’s not just the brain between our ears that we need to understand and work with…there’s two more! I can’t wait to learn more. I do hope you can join me and find out how to build your resilience and make the very best of your wonderful talents…and I’ll leave the final words to another tennis icon who didn’t quite make it this year…Venus Williams

“Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can’t play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there”

See you at the Royal Agricultural University next Friday, with coffee and pastries at 1100 (no Pimm’s I’m afraid) and the play begins at 1130.

With my very best wishes for a fruitful week ahead

Virginia