World Snooker Champ Ronnie O’Sullivan Comes To Terms With His Inner Chimp!

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World Snooker Champ Ronnie O’Sullivan Comes To Terms With His Inner Chimp !

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We hear today that as Ronnie O’Sullivan prepares for his quarter final match in the Snooker World Championship currently playing out at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre he’s getting to grips with The Chimp Paradox, but how can understanding and controlling your Inner Chimpmaterially help with developing your Resilience, Mental Toughness, &, Positivity & make you a Winner? As we highlighted in previous Blogs, those three core elements can all markedly impact and contribute to enhancing performance and increasing productivity in your work life and have a more fulfilled home life, so what is the ‘Chimp Paradox’ & what can we do about it?

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World Snooker Champ Ronnie O’Sullivan Comes To Terms With His Inner Chimp!

  1. 1. “World Snooker Champ Ronnie O’Sullivan Comes To Terms With His Inner Chimp!” Share this Ebook! PRESENTS © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  2. 2. We hear today that as Ronnie O’Sullivan prepares for his quarter final match in the Snooker World Championship currently playing out at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre he’s getting to grips with The Chimp Paradox, but how can understanding and controlling your Inner Chimp materially help with developing your Resilience, Mental Toughness, &, Positivity & make you a Winner? As we highlighted in previous Blogs, those three core elements can all markedly impact and contribute to enhancing performance and increasing productivity in your work life and have a more fulfilled home life, so what is the „Chimp Paradox‟ & what can we do about it? In his book of the same name, Steve Peters describes it as a seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds and is responsible for nagging self- doubt & the fear or trepidation which we can all feel at certain times & which can have a negative impact on both our professional and personal live. Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  3. 3. Dr Peters argues that there are three elements to the psychological mind. He calls these the Chimp, the Human & the Computer. Readers at this point might be reminded of Sigmund Freud’s three states of Id, Ego & Super Ego. Let’s see if there is any similarity? The Chimp (Limbic Brain) is the area of the mind that goes back to a very primitive and essential part of human development. Its primary motivation is survival and feelings, impressions, emotional thinking and gut instincts drive it. The Chimp in us will quickly jump to opinion and thinks in quite literal and B&W terms. Dr Peters suggests that it can be paranoid and its behaviour if unchecked is quite irrational, emotive and ultimately catastrophic. On the other hand, the Human (Front Brain) part of the mind is the rational, analytical, evidence-based third. It thinks in shades of grey (probably, but not exclusively 50+) & operates a balanced judgment. It is driven by self-fulfillment and longer-term purpose. Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  4. 4. The Computer (Parietal Brain) runs alongside the Chimp & the Human and is likened to a Hard Drive which is empty at birth, but which through the life lived becomes a repository of all our experience to which both the Chimp and the Human look to for guidance when reacting to situations. Of course like a real computer you can get GI/GO – Garbage In & Garbage Out, as the Computer will only be as good as the information it has been programmed with; whilst the Paradox comes from a kind of „Dualism‟ which Plato wrote about 2000 years ago in „The Symposium‟ & an inherent tension where as well as being your worst enemy at times, the Chimp can also be your very best friend – &, as the song goes, “With friends like these who needs enemies”! Dr Peters stresses however that you cannot bypass the Chimp or control it with willpower and says instead that you need to acknowledge it and have a „Management Plan‟ to eventually, „Box the Chimp‟! Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  5. 5. And as to any similarities with Freud’s three states, both Peters & Freud are essentially describing Systems rather than parts of the Brain, &, neither system is in any way physical. The Id though is rather like the chimp: The Ego is the modified and reasoning Human: And the Super Ego is your(Super) Computer incorporating the values and social morals that are learned from one’s experiences and upbringing. So what can you do about it and what might a „Management Plan‟ focus on in order to „Box the Chimp‟ & enhance and augment your Resilience, Mental Toughness & Positivity? Well The Mudd Partnership suggests you might wish to consider the following Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  6. 6. 1. Working On Your Self- Discipline Self-Discipline is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it will get, whilst the less you exercise it the weaker it will become; Try to level the playing field between your „Present Self‟ & your „Future Self‟ with what Daniel Goleman calls a „Commitment Device‟; incentivize your actions and reward yourself to shape and drive positive behaviour; 2. Making Banishing Negativity Your Primary Goal As we wrote in a previous Blog, “Accentuate the positives & eliminate the negatives”; Focus on being Buoyant & Resilient; Be Authentic and open to challenge; Actively seek out growth & development opportunities; Widen your social circle and professional sphere of Influence; & look for the Purpose and Passion in everything you do; Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  7. 7. 3. Developing Your Compassion & Social Conscience You are not on your own – You have a relationship not only with yourself, but your family, friends & the wider world; You are connected and this connectivity can be as light or as full-on as you want it to be – Just don‟t be passive; Develop your Attunement; Nurture all your relationships, be socially aware and demonstrate compassion in all areas of your life; 4. Improving Your Confidence In previous Blogs we‟ve looked at Resistance Practice & Personal Mastery – Become a continuous learner & play to your strengths; Set yourself challenging goals; Don‟t be afraid to Practice, Practice, Practice & as you develop new skills and strengthen existing ones your self-confidence will increase; & finally Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  8. 8. 5. Learning To Manage Stress Stress is OK! Work on becoming Anti-Fragile which Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines as someone, or something that doesn‟t just endure shocks and stress, but can actually benefit from them and actively seeks these experiences out; Be Present in your own life & start from where you are at and what you have got, not from where you want to be & what you want to get (The Mudd Partnership works with all their clients from the point where they are at and any intervention begins with firstly both appreciating and then fully understanding the Individual, Team, Organisation or Business context); & a great Mnemonic to keep to the fore is AMP – Quite simply, Accept, Move On & Plan; Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  9. 9. 6. Listen Actively & Communicate Robustly Be Astute & Sincere in how you interact and network; Listen for what Ronald Heifetz & Marty Linsky describe in their book, 'Leadership On The Line‟ as “The song beneath the words” i.e. what is really being said and what is really being felt; & communicate unambiguously without fear or favour! We hope you’ve enjoyed this and if you want to find out more about our work with Individuals, Teams, Organisations and Businesses, to build Resilience & Enhance Performance, please Contact Us & let us make a compelling case for working with you! Share this Ebook! © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership
  10. 10. Website : www.themuddpartnership.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/muddpartnership Facebook: www.facebook.com/themuddpartnership LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/931028?trk=tyah Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/themuddpartnership YouTube: www.youtube.com/themuddpartnership Share this Ebook! Questions? © 2013 The Mudd Partnership | www.themuddpartnership.com | @muddpartnership | www.fb.com/muddpartnership

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