1.Runs, runs and more runs

In cricket, it’s all about trying to get as many runs on the board as possible. Life is not too dissimilar to this; we aim to get as many wins and achievements in our lifetime that all add up, and sit on our life ‘board’ of things we have achieved. “My aim has always been to try to get better every single day, and I don’t need a trophy to signify my accomplishments, I know what I have achieved and done, and most importantly it is always about trying to do your best,” says Michael Clarke.

2. Grab hold of the good times

In cricket there are times in the game for example where you are batting well, the pitch conditions are favourable, and you are feeling good, this is when you need to grab hold of the good momentum and roll with it, see how far it can take you. Same goes with life, take hold of the opportunities you are given and make the most of the good times. “It’s about riding the wave of success, when you have good momentum, ride that wave all the way into shore for as long as you possibly can because you don’t know when that great moment will come round again,” says Clarke

3. Winning or losing?

In cricket, at one point in time, you can’t be winning or losing until you have won or lost the game. Life is similar, “Life’s a marathon and not a sprint, it’s a familiar cliche, but there are times when everything is going well, and you are winning at life, but then you hit that brick wall. You might get injured, and you can’t play for a while, or you might lose someone close to you, and you experience a period of toughness, but all these events are part of building that journey that is life” says Michael Clarke.

4. Life is about being proactive or reactive

In cricket, a batsman can be proactive by taking hold of their momentum and see how many runs they can make . Or when the captain declares after a certain amount of time and runs to ensure the other side gets enough time to bat again, that is him being proactive. However, there comes a time where he must be reactive instead. When a bowler is going through a good spell and all the batsman can do is block to ensure he does not get out.  Or the captain changes up his field position to suit the great batting spell the opposition is having. Same applies to life; there are times where we need to take life by the reins and make the things we want, happen – do extra research, or go above and beyond to make sure we get noticed and then get that bonus or promotion. Or be reactive where needed, when situations are out of our control and therefore we just need to be patient. Both are important, and it takes a smart person to know the time and place for both.

5. Focus on small goals

As a test match is a long game, one sets small goals along the way towards the ‘big goal’ of winning the entire match. For example, a small goal would be to score 350 runs in first batting innings. “Having small goals allows the big goal to seem more achievable, it guides you down the path of achieving that big goal and creates a clearer vision of getting there,” says Michael Clarke.