Ash Barty’s “mindset coach” was credited with helping her reach the top of the game, but says success is more than winning grand slams.
The man known as Ash Barty’s “mindset coach” teaches his clients to redefine their idea of success that comes from within – rather than money, fame or sporting glory.
Ben Crowe has worked with a range of leading sports stars, business executives and others and was credited by Barty for helping her become the number one in the world.
Barty retired from professional tennis earlier this year at the age of 25 after winning an elusive grand slam at home for the first time at the Australian Open.
Crowe said Barty was able to stand out from her successes and failures on the field.
“To Ash’s credit she had the courage to go in-house and understand her story and along the way she was able to separate her self-esteem from whether she’s winning or losing a game of tennis,” he told host Leigh Sales at 7:30 am on Wednesday. .
“She realizes tennis is what she does, but it’s not who she is.”
Mr Crowe said he strives to change people’s perspectives to see their own worth and understand that there are things beyond their control that can prevent them from achieving their goals.
“You still want to have these goals and dreams and that can be extrinsic goals and dreams, like winning a grand final or winning Wimbledon and so on,” he said.
“And you want to pursue those goals and dreams as hard as you can with the gifts you’ve been given on this planet.
“But you don’t care if you achieve those goals and dreams because there are so many things that you have no control over.”
When explaining her decision to retire at the top level, Barty said that after winning Wimbledon and the Australian Open, she felt she had accomplished everything she set out to do.
“Success for me is knowing I gave absolutely everything I can,” Barty said.
“I no longer have the physical drive and the emotional need and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the top of the level.
“I think I just know that I’m absolutely… I’m up. I know physically that I have nothing left to give, and that is success for me.”
By contrast, Serena Williams, the most accomplished tennis player of all time on the court, crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round on Wednesday at the age of 40.
Williams is chasing a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title.
“I’m really playing for Grand Slams now,” Williams told American talk show host Stephen Colbert ahead of this year’s Australian Open.
“I’m delighted to still have the opportunity here to compete at this level. It’s an opportunity… every time I win a Grand Slam, it means the world to me.”
For Mr. Crowe, money, materialism, business and social status, and the desire for recognition are the five extrinsic motivations that sabotage many people today.
He said the desire for recognition manifested itself as a constant concern and obsession with what other people think of you, rather than what you think of yourself.
“As humans, we’re really good at saying what we’re not — ‘not good enough, smart enough, loved enough — and we’re kind of bad at saying what we are,’ Mr Crowe said.
“We have this reptilian brain with a negative bias. It’s like Velcro for negative and Teflon for positive.”
He said success could look like getting out of your comfort zone, realizing personal potential, helping others, being part of a team or finding purpose and meaning in your efforts.
“From that perspective, you can still pursue your goals and dreams and separate them from expectations,” he said.
“Because I think right now we’re getting the two mixed up and that’s causing so much distraction these days.”
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