Four things that you can learn from Virat Kohli to level up your life
By Sachin Posted in The Disciplined Life on Mar 13 5 min read
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Lot of us don’t actually know how far we can push ourselves.

It is amazing to see how much Virat Kohli has achieved in such a short span of time. He has evolved and matured as a player and as a person. I love his intensity and passion for the game. People have a problem with his intensity but I think that’s the way he is wired.

But what makes Virat Kohli miles ahead than the rest? Sure, others too have the talent. But if it was talent alone, Virat wouldn’t have gotten too far. He has put himself through the drudgery of training and physical discipline on a level few are willing to go. He could have stayed where he was and still be effective as a player but he didn’t.

There are four ingredients to Virat’s success that I have observed. I hope this will inspire us in some way in the journey of becoming the best version of ourselves. Let’s take a look.

Maximize your potential

I love this quote and it’s so true. Many of us don’t realize how far we can go. We settle for less. We settle for mediocrity. We are not willing to go all in. We aren’t willing to pay the price. We are not willing to do what it takes to go to the next level. It could be in the area of talents, work, character or your walk with God. Do you have a vision for more? Are you willing to push yourself for more?

Think about others

This was the match where Virat scored 160 not out against South Africa in Feb 2018.

He batted for 49 overs & was at the crease for 220 minutes.
He ran 75 singles, 11 twos & 1 three for himself.
He struck only one boundary between Overs 10.1 & 37.0, during that period he scored 66 runs.
He ran 61 singles & 7 twos for his partner.
He got to 100 off 119 balls & added the last 60 off 42 balls.

I love what Virat said here, “Amazing things can happen when you are thinking about the team all the time.” When we are just thinking about ourselves we don’t get too far. We all need a cause that brings out the best in us. And when we starting thinking how our lives can benefit others, it can motivate us to push ourselves much further.

Think about the people around you, your friends, your colleagues and your family. Don’t you think that these people will benefit greatly if you pursue to be the best version of yourself? What you do and what you are, if you could be 3x times a better version of that, wouldn’t it make a difference?

You got to live your life as if you were the last line of defense for your family or people around you. The person who cares about others makes wise choices in life. 

They think beyond themselves. They will not put others in jeopardy. They will position themselves to help others in the best possible manner. They are true shepherds who care about their sheep (people around you) and will do what it takes to protect them from the wolves. Be an uplifter. Be a fighter for others.

It’s sad to see so many men wasting away their time, their talents and their resources. Yup, I want to talk specifically to the men. I have seen men destroy their families. Their company of friends is bad. They don’t think about the future. They don’t think about their family or would be family in the future. They could be so much more for their family only if they would invest their time and energies in the things that matter.

Young men and women, start investing in things that would position you in the most favorable manner for the future. You will not get this time back. Think about how your life can be a huge blessing for others. Think about it now and then make the necessary adjustments to change your life.

Become aware of what you are good at, invest in learning, maximize the time and opportunities you have now. Have a circle of friends or a mentor who can build you up as a person of character and have a positive influence on your life.

Train yourself, improve yourself and never compromise on your morals. Be a person of grit and build your life on God’s counsel rather than some shallow philosophies of life.

Don’t be in it to prove

There are people who go to a great extent just to prove something to someone. Then they are some who are in the game for the love of the game. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you push yourself?

Insecurity, fear, greed or even envy should not be the components that push you to realize your potential. You may say it works and gets the job done. But your character is far more important than what you achieve. It matters to God. You can only take your character from here. 

People look at the outward but God looks at your hidden heart. Many people who have achieved fame and success in their respective fields have fallen and experienced disgrace because they chose to sacrifice character over immediate gain.

So raise the bar for yourself, not to prove anything to anyone but for the love of the game. Do it because you want to be the best version of yourself for the glory of God, for creative satisfaction and to benefit others.

Walk the talk

You can teach what you know but people will catch what you are. Your actions need to back your words. There is something magnetic about the person who leads by example than the one who just talks. When I hear some people talk, it seems they themselves have no conviction about what they are saying. They ain’t practicing it in their lives. 

Is the real you authentic? Are you yourself walking down the road on which you are calling others to walk on? Does your action match your ambition? You don’t need to be perfect immediately, growth takes time. But you need to be in the game. You need to be like a focussed athlete running a marathon not a spectator or a bystander commenting on the race. Play the game as best as you can and others will follow.

If there is a fire in you, people will catch that fire. If you have the fight in you, people will catch it. You can only give what you have. You cannot give away out of a vacuum. If what’s in you is real, it has the potential to get reproduced in others as they come into your circle. The outcome may not be exactly the same but the essential ingredients can be the same to bring out the best in others.

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