Don’t Be A Victim Of Red Mist Syndrome!

The referee just missed a call that should have gone in your favour!

Now the opposition have the advantage!

But you’re still focused and angry about the missed call!

You’re focused on the past!

You let your anger get the better of you and as the red mist clouds your judgement, you make mistakes that cost your team!

Your team mates curse you, shout at you and blame you for the loss!

Do you remember when David Beckham was sent to the ground by the Argentine Diego Simeone in the 1998 World Cup and raised his leg in an attempt to trip him up? He was sent off!

Below is part of the article explaining what happened afterwards. (

Why was it so controversial

Being a dead ball specialist, Beckham would have been one of the five penalty takers during the shootout and would have been expected to score. Instead it was left to David Batty to take and eventually miss the last penalty. A 11-man English side would also have been expected to possibly beat Argentina in regulation time. Not for the first time, the English fans back home were left bitterly disappointed after being knocked out of the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, it was Beckham facing the brunt of the criticism.

The Aftermath

Years of abuse would follow the incident. The press vilified David Beckham and his effigies were burnt outside London pubs. The headline in The Daily Mirror the following day described the England team as: “10 Heroic Lions, One Stupid Boy”. Beckham was to be voted the 91st worst Briton in Channel Four’s poll of the 100 Worst Britons. He also reportedly received death threats and was taunted by a group of England supporters during a 3-2 defeat against Portugal in Euro 2000.

The consequences of seeing red, as demonstrated above, can last for years. Imagine the mental torment for him, his friends and family and team mates!

“Learn to reframe your thoughts quickly, before your emotions get the better of you”

At the precise moment when you sense the unjust, that is the precise moment you should learn to recognise your anger and immediate sense of retribution.

Rather than allow the red mist to cloud your judgement and lead you to do something you will regret later, focus on letting the anger go and reframe your thoughts. Focus on relaxing your body, allowing the tension and anger to subside.

Your mind can be your best friend or it can be your worse enemy. You can control two things, your thoughts and behaviours so practice controlling your thoughts so your behaviours can be positive and productive.

If you relate to this article or want to learn how to reframe your thoughts, please comment below.

Take it easy


By Mike Nichols

when the person thrives, the professional thrives

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