Steven Peter Devereux Smith is an Australian cricketer who represents Australia and he plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in Australian domestic cricket. Also, he is the captain for Rajasthan Royals.
Interestingly his career has been a jactitate – at first, he was selected as a right-arm leg spinner but later on, he became all-rounder as his batting improved drastically. He was awarded as the ICC Player of the Year and ICC Test Player of the Year in 2015.
The world no 1 Test batsman fessed up that he follows a system wherein he punishes himself if he gets out early while rewards himself if he scores a century.
“I always punish myself when I get no runs, just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred. So yeah, if I get no runs I always like to have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of punishment,” he added.
It is also said that during the first ICC World Test due to his poor performance against Pakistan, he ran all way back to the teams’ hotel even though the team bus was ready to take him. He always considered that giving punishment like these increases his motivation to not to get out early. Also, he considers this to be self-disciplinary. This is called Punishment and Reward System.
For example, during our primary and middle school, our teachers would stick a few stars or emoji stickers on our assignments while we submit it early or on time. Else we had to write impositions. For most of us when we saw the stickers it motivated us to do the best in everything assigned. At the same time, while we were punished, the emotions that dealt during that period, pushed us to complete the work on time.
Here Smith punishing himself helps him to score and perform better in the upcoming matches. Rewarding himself can motivate him to maintain consistency.
In psychology, this is called Law of Effect by Edward Thorndike, which states that “responses that produce a satisfying effect in a particular situation become more likely to occur again in that situation, and responses that produce a discomforting effect become less likely to occur again in that situation (Gray, 2011, p. 108–109).”
From my standpoint, following certain rules and principles can help us to achieve our needs. If you look closely with the people whom you consider inspiration or the autobiographies of great people, following basic principles would help them to accomplish their needs.
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