posted on: September 2, 2018
author: Brian Lomax
When it comes to having a clean and organized space, the Japanese World Cup Soccer team are experts. Click here to see how they cleaned up their locker room after their exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They even left a thank you card! Not only does this show respect for the facility and their hosts, but being so clean and organized can lead to mental clarity on the field of play.
To be clear, I am not an expert on organization and cleanliness. When I was a kid, my bedroom was organized on the principle of chaos. It was a hazardous place. Books, dirty laundry, school papers, and who knows what else was strewn all over the floor and on top of my bed. This more or less carried on into my adult life until a couple of years ago when I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It was indeed life changing. I enjoyed the book immensely, although you have to take some of it with a grain of salt. A few of her stories and ideas are amusingly insane.
I used her method to tidy up my living space, working space, and how I organize all of my tennis/athletic equipment. Now, everything has a place. And that means I know where to find everything that I need. That is a stress relief. When I come home, I know where to put everything until the next time that I need it.
Being organized in this manner not only reduced anxiety when I looked at my living quarters, but also brought mental clarity. I had not expected that, but I found that I was able to focus better on whatever I was doing just because everything was simply organized. There was no physical clutter and there was no mental clutter.
In my work, I see a lot of locker rooms. 99% of them are poorly organized and messy. Could that be leading to issues in performance? Maybe. Perhaps there’s an opportunity right there to begin every day with a clearer mind before practice or before a game. It takes some discipline to keep your space organized, but discipline is a great skill to practice. Former Navy Seal, Jocko Willink, says that, “Discipline equals freedom.” I like that. Discipline gives you control and that leads to freedom.
How would you describe the state of your athletic space and equipment? Are you giving it the respect it deserves? If not, consider undertaking an effort to bring order to your space so that it can generate the energy and clarity you need to perform well. The Japanese national soccer team competed admirably at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Perhaps having a well organized space in the locker room led to being well organized on the field in the heat of competition.
Brian Lomax founded PerformanceXtra™ in 2009 with a mission of helping athletes achieve their goals and their top performances more consistently through a progression of mental skills that enables them to focus on what is truly important.
Learn more about the author: https://performancextra.com/brian-lomax/