The Success Disease

Back in July, the England men’s team won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in the most spectacular fashion. It was an adrenaline filled game with a nail-biting finish, and I imagine the players were on a buzz following the win.

4 years ago, they were knocked out in the group stages by Bangladesh. Now they are World Cup winners and the best team in men’s International One Day Cricket.

However, just before the Ashes began, they suffered in their win against Ireland, who are not one of the most highly rated teams in international cricket. 

And over the last few weeks, Australia have beaten them quite comprehensively to retain the Ashes for the first time in England for 18 years.

Success can become a disease. After winning and reaching the top, it is much more difficult to stay motivated than the long uphill road to success. Both underconfidence and overconfidence are problems and they can fluctuate all the time. 

The challenge is to motivate ourselves to do good work, without arrogance, and maintain a quiet confidence in ourselves and what we do.

It is something I am wrestling to balance at the moment.