In sports, as in life, there are always ups and downs, victories and failures. When we find ourselves in a hole, the first rule of thumb in getting out is to stop digging. The key to getting out of a moment of crisis is simply to continue behaving the same way, forgetting about the results, which inevitably generate pressure.
We need to stop over-analyzing our mistakes and move on.
“Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Act in the present”
Very often, when we try a little less, we end up releasing tension and becoming more relaxed.
The result is that playing becomes fluid and more natural, until we return to the maximum of what we can achieve.
“The probability of achieving the desired result increases when you get rid of the need to achieve it”
Sport often celebrates strength.
Coaches require their athletes to give 110%, but sometimes trying too hard, as tennis players often do when under pressure, backfires. In tennis, when we play, we continuously move our muscles, but they are arranged in opposite pairs.
So when we punch, the movement is most effective when some muscles are contracting while others are relaxing. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SUCCESSFUL? Modern western society is always obsessed with success, in all its forms. If one fails to achieve a certain status or goal, they are often considered a loser.
Therefore, we must redefine the concept of success.
“Truly, life is about failing. If you don’t fail, it’s probably because you’re not trying hard enough.”
A winner is a tennis player who ends their match knowing that they did their best, regardless of victory or loss.
Being the winner of a tournament or a match makes us winners at a stage in our lives. But what really matters is what we do after winning. Successful people want to win. Obsessed people want to win at all costs. In this sense, Gary Mack’s “mirror test” is excellent: if we can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person in there that we have given it our all and done our best, then we have won.
We should not worry about the judgment of others and the expectations that the outside world has of us. The important thing is to know that we have given our best on and off the field, as a person and as a player. Our greatest victory is the victory over ourselves.
“Seek improvements, not perfection”