Finding the sweet spot

Finding your sweet spot

by Pete Godfrey · 13 comments

Finding your sweet spot

In cricket, we call it “the sweet spot.”

That’s when you hit the ball right off the centre of your bat.

For those who have played the game, you know what I’m talking about. The feeling you get when your bat connects with the ball; the connection felt through your hands, your wrists, your forearms. You know it’s perfect, dead centre… and there’s no other sound like it, the satisfying “thump” from a clean hit so very different from a miscue.

It’s a blissful moment.

But it takes a lot of practice to find the sweet spot of the bat. Lots of miss-hits, nicks and frustration as you find your perfect timing.

There is no skipping this process.

No amount of “good thoughts” or “belief” or “affirmations” will ever take the place of actually getting out in the middle and swinging the willow.

Sure there are shortcuts…

The best cricketers have coaches who keep them on track, point out their weaknesses, and highlight their strengths. But it’s doing the hard yards, the grunt work where there is no audience to cheer you on, that’s where success is to be found; no matter what your vocation.

But here’s a little secret: You CAN’T do a three-day seminar on this… you’ll have the room to yourself.

You can’t tell the masses success takes hard work, commitment and focus.

Nah. They want secrets; they want undeserved recognition and success.

You’re smarter than this.

Finding your own “sweet spot” is gonna take time. Might as well enjoy the trip as you go; that way, the destination is always brighter and a whole lot sweeter.

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Leigh Farnell May 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

Nice one Pete..
You hit the ‘sweet spot’ just by talking about the ‘sweet spot’
I remember talking to Justin Langer about coaching and John Buchanan as Coach of the Aussie cricket team
Justin said many times John simply put the video camera on the guys batting and bowling and got them to discover the answers (the sweet spot solutions) for themselves..
Herein lies another great secret of coaching… Help people discover the answers for themselves..
In most cases the answer is right in front of our faces but we can’t see it..
That’s why we need the coach… and then practice..
and more coaching… and more practice..
As you say.. many people want the ‘secret pill’.. the answer NOW..
If only humans were like computers and you could download the new version of the software, the new version with the old bugs removed..
But no.. we are muscles, nerves and programming that needs constant repetition and workouts to get the evolution we are after..
As you say.. it takes time.. practice… regular workouts and many nicks and near sweet spots to get to the stage where you regularly hit the sweet spot..
Anyway… thanks again for the post


Pete Godfrey May 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Great points Leigh… and yep, we all need a coach!


Kim May 13, 2010 at 11:50 am

That’s a timely comment! after a morning that I’ve just had,exactly wha tI needed to read.
Keep swinging and never ever give up.


Pete Godfrey May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Glad to be of help Kim, thanks for your comment


Kayley G Ryder May 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Great Post Pete, I saw Leigh said you mentioned many people want the ’secret pill’.. the answer NOW.. I’m not so sure they do. I can see that people want you to solve their problems without having to do the hard yards themselves and I can see that people want the secret pill as long as it doesn’t involve them being responsible for the actions they take.

From what I have seen, the people who want the secret pill and the answer now, will take it as long as you don’t tell them the truth behind what they are really doing, and you cover it in flowers and candy so it looks really nice and has no pain involved what so ever.

The down side to really creating the life you want, is the pain, hard work and focus it takes.

Your awesome Pete. Cheers, Kayley.


school grants May 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

What a great resource!


Michelle McCarthy May 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Hey Pete
Your post couldn’t have been more timely! I’ve been pushing thru the training meltdowns and regaining focus and stamina during the last few months as I prepare to ‘bat up’ next Thursday. It’s team ‘Mac’ going for gold in the online album launch and as I polish up my equipment (sales letter and emails) – following your guidelines to a tee, there has been many many moments where I have thought just how much of a freakin mission this would have been without one of the best coaches on the planet screaming directions from the sidelines. And I’ve been practising my victory speech too… Thank You Mr Wizard for taking the time to show us how its done – and for cheering on the ones who are quietly doing the hard yards. I tell ya… the road to success would have been a hellova lot harder without you! Cheers to you. Michelle.


Michael Soininen July 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Great post Pete. Very relevant to my situation. Now, back to my current project! 🙂

And for some reason, I feel like picking up a cricket bat!


Christina July 31, 2010 at 12:23 am

Hello, my name is Christina. I’m so glad that I somehow managed to surf my way over to your website, you have the best advice. All my friends want be rich and financially free, but none of them will come to any of the seminars with me, they too would love a magic pill. But they tease me about going to seminars instead 🙂


Pete Godfrey August 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

Hey Christina, glad you found my site so you can get some common sense advice. As for friends, this happened to me as well years ago when I still had a job. They ribbed me about starting a Mail Order business (this was over ten years ago) but when I finally quit and walked out and started this new life of mine, they were gob smacked.

Anyway, I soon learnt to keep my dreams to myself until they bacame a reality then I didn’t care who knew.

Stick to your dreams and don’t let anyone steal them from you!


Vittoria August 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

Pete thank you for a truly fantastic article.

Its true, most people only see the bright shiny objects at the end of it all with no comprehension of what has gone on behind the scenes to achieve it. Its such a relief and a refreshing change to find someone who calls it as it is and not feeds you a bunch of B.S

“Anyway, I soon learnt to keep my dreams to myself until they became a reality then I didn’t care who knew.” – PURE GOLD!!! And best bit of advice I could ever have read.

Thanks again and thanks for inspiring authenticity amongst us all.


Pete Godfrey September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

Hey Vittoria, thanks for that. After meeting you last weekend one thing is plainly obvious: You’re a natural born story teller. Now it’s just a matter of learning the ropes… but it will take time and hard work but I know with your attitude you’ll get there.

And, yes, keep your dreams to yourself and those who are close to you. Then when they become a reality it doesn’t matter who knows.

Thanks again!


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