The Ramifications: The Court Judgement will be Mental Game against the ANC

2017-06-22 10:23

Baba wa Taifa (Father of the Nation), Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has handed down the Judgement on the Motion of No Confidence against the President. "The Power that vests in the Speaker to determine the voting procedure in the Motion of No Confidence belongs to the people....".

And of course coming out of the Judgement will be the political ramifications, that has nothing to do with the Constitutional Court. The ANC will have to drink its own medicine. The political ramifications will be mental games against the ANC from the Opposition. This will be the consequences of the ANC trying to bite the nation but ends up biting itself.

In what way will this be a mental game?

Professor Ken Ravizza is one of the most remarkable sport psychologists. In his book Heads-Up Baseball he advises baseball and soft ball coaches on how to win games. He uses the analogy of a traffic light.

A green light mental game means that the player is focused, confident, positive, aggressive, is in sync with the flow of the game, and her timing and control of herself is superb. The role of the coach is to keep all players in the team on this zone for the rest of the game if success has to be achieved.

A yellow light mental game means that a player is frustrated, distracted and stressed. Mental yellow lights show up on the field when a player is pressing at the plate and swings at pitches out of the strike zone; when she forgets to check the signs, runners, or number of outs; or when he tenses up and can’t seem to throw a strike. Yellow lights drag down the player’s chances of playing to her potential because her mental game gets in her own way.

A red light mental game means the player has lost control, is extremely angry, and is very frustrated and negative. The player is worried about looking foolish every time she touches the ball or is making home runs. She is wishing the ball is not going to be hit to her in the field, and scared as a pitcher of getting hit hard. When a player is in a red light, she gives herself very little chance of playing well because her head in swings, distracted and disarray.

Professor Ravizza says that the sole objective of a baseball and softball coach and his team should be to push the opposing team into the red light. That is mental game, mental tricks. From the start of the game all efforts should be aimed at pushing the other team into the red light, the panic mode.

The Opposition will use this Judgement to further push the ANC into the red light. It is the ANC that has brought this to itself by constantly failing to act honorably.

A mental game in sport may be just 2%, but that 2% can make big difference in winning.

During the last Soccer World Cup, you saw the Brazil team that had some of the best soccer players in the world being pushed to the red light. Brazil is undisputed champions of world soccer, and so is ANC an undisputed champion of South African politics.

But when Germany scored the second goal on Brazil, you could see the fear and panic look in the eyes of Brazilian players. Their confidence was shuttered; they were moved from green light (total confidence of winning as giants of soccer) into the red light (panic and frustration). And once Germany pushed the mighty Brazil into the red light, they went on to trounce it with a heavy score: Germany 7 and Brazil 1.

The jabs that will be coming from the Opposition as a result of this case will cut the ANC very deep. ANC have brought this to themselves. The Opposition has taken the high moral ground as we head to the 2019 elections. They have removed the advantage factor from the ANC.

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