` Every­one on top gets knocked to the ground, some harder than oth­ers, some more often than oth­ers. But what does it take to get back to where you want to be?

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - Beau Robin­son

A FEW job.

A bit over a month ago, a mate of mine from school gave me a call and asked if I would be will­ing to do a speech at the sea­son launch for the mighty Trun­dle Boomers.

What do I talk about to a bunch of rugby league diehards from a small farm­ing com­mu­nity? The vast ma­jor­ity would have no idea who I was and what I had achieved, and prob­a­bly a good few would never have had the plea­sure of watch­ing a rugby match (a good en­ter­tain­ing rugby match).

I de­cided I would talk about nine things I was re­quired to do or have in my rugby ca­reer, and how they were also very much ap­pli­ca­ble to farm­ing and busi­ness as well as any other field.

First, I ad­dressed what it was that needed to be done even be­fore I had started my jour­ney. I had to have a clear goal of what it was I wanted to achieve. That was to be­come a pro­fes­sional foot­ball player in ei­ther league or union. I love both codes and gen­uinely en­joy play­ing both.

I talked about know­ing what it was that I was go­ing to have to do and deal with even be­fore I had left Dubbo for Syd­ney. It’s im­per­a­tive you re­alise what you are get­ting into be­fore you start the jour­ney. Are you aware of what it will take, and will you be will­ing to do that in or­der to reach your dream? If not, don’t even bother go­ing down that path.

Then when you’re fi­nally purs­ing your dream/goal, you’ll quickly have to work out whether or not it’s your pas­sion. If you aren’t pas­sion­ate about it you can’t give it 100 per cent of ev­ery­thing you have – and you will need to do that.

The next three things you will work out once the jour­ney be­gins – only then will you be able to see if you pos­sess the three traits nec­es­sary for what you thought was your dream job (and you might re­alise that ac­tu­ally it wasn’t).

We hear so often of coun­try boys go­ing down to pur­sue a pro­fes­sional rugby league or union ca­reer, with some com­ing back af­ter a week or two. Maybe it wasn’t their dream, in­stead it was their friends’ or their par­ents’ dream.

I was pa­thet­i­cally weak and was one of the un­fittest in the squad when I ar­rived at the Bull­dogs. The trainer screamed from across the gym when I was at­tempt­ing to do my first ever dip. I couldn’t even do a dip. Let that sink in... That was em­bar­rass­ing, but it wasn’t go­ing to beat me. Safe to say I didn’t re­main that weak or un­fit.

Once you’ve reached your goal, awe­some, that’s pretty hard. Stay­ing there is even tougher as every­one is now com­ing for you. Every­one on top gets knocked to the ground, some harder than oth­ers, some more often than oth­ers. But what does it take to get back to where you want to be?

Un­for­tu­nately, I found my­self without a pro­fes­sional con­tract and hav­ing to work as a garbo full­time, with my last game be­ing the 2008 Su­per Rugby fi­nal. That didn’t stop me from go­ing back to Step 1 and set­ting my­self a goal. Twelve months later, I had won a Su­per Rugby ti­tle and earned my cap.

I don’t at­tribute my suc­cess solely to my nat­u­ral skill set and work ethic. I sought out the ad­vice and guid­ance of many coaches and con­sul­tants – rugby and non-rugby – phys­ios, strength and con­di­tion­ing coaches, Pi­lates in­struc­tors, yoga teach­ers and many more. To not ac­knowl­edge and recog­nise the in­flu­ence and im­pact these peo­ple had on me would be ar­ro­gant. They were a huge cat­a­lyst for me achiev­ing what I did, and I couldn’t have done that without them.

Your sup­port net­work is ev­ery­thing, both per­sonal and pro­fes­sional, don’t un­der­es­ti­mate ei­ther of them.

Do you have or are you do­ing all of these things in pur­su­ing your goals and dreams? Do you even know what your goals and dreams are? If not, there’s a start­ing point.

If you’d like to know what the nine steps were, send me an email and I’ll send them over to you: beau­robin­[email protected]­tion­coach.com

z Beau Robin­son is an Ac­tion Coach Busi­ness Coach and for­mer Su­per Rugby Cham­pion and Wal­laby. beau­robin­[email protected]­tion­coach.com

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.