Roger Federer keeps rocketing farther into the tennis firmament.
“I was just happy that I was able to win Wimbeldon again, because it’s been a long road. It’s been tough at times…but that’s how it’s supposed to be.” – Roger Federer
Roger looked ballistic, energized and moved like the champion he is. Many thought he was finished…but, not Roger. Roger Knows How To Maintain Peak Performance Under Pressure.
Roger won not just because he has superb abilities, but because also he has trained his mind to keep on the top of his game. Some top athletes have average physiques and abilities. What brought them to the top spot of their sports is their mental abilities, their mental toughness.
His Strength Enabled Him to Bear The Pressure and Keep Performing at His Best.
To harness your own mental strength, follow these simple tips:
The Power of Positive Thinking: Negative thoughts find their way to the front and center of consciousness at any time, most often when you least want them to be. The pressure of winning can weigh down on the mind. Self-doubts can creep in right before a match or even during the game. All these negativities can block your path to success. Any thought that crosses your mind has an immediate immediate effect on the cells of the body.
A negative mind will translate to a negative body-a poorly functioning one that cannot maximize its abilities. Trainings and techniques will be forgotten or executed poorly if the mind is unable to give the needed push.
Control Your Mind. Do not allow the negative thoughts to have free reign on your mind. Be aware of your train of thoughts. Direct these to positive patterns. Before going out on the court, talk positive things to yourself and fill your mind with positive thoughts. Think of your goal and how you plan to do it. Remind yourself of the strengths you have and embrace your weaknesses. Find your inspiration and keep your focus on it. Do self-talk before and even during the game. Keep the effects of distractions to a minimum. Recognize that distractions will always be there and you won’t be able to a lot about it. What you can control is how you react to it. Concentrate on what you should do, and not worry about the results. Regardless of the score, keep your drive to perform better, to make better serves. Avoid thoughts like “don’t do a double fault” because that is what exactly will happen-have a double fault.
Emotion Control: Too much excitement or less enthusiasm can significantly affect your game. Too much giddiness will cause you to lose focus and make impulsive decisions. You also tend to spend too much energy on the feeling, which deprives the body of the energy it needs the most. Less enthusiasm can make your serves lousy. Maintain just the right amount of emotional energy. Strive to maintain balance.
Do deep breathing exercises. Overcome the stress and tension. Concentrate on the moment, on each point made. Do not dwell on the mistakes. Let go of the finished moves, there is nothing you can about it. What you can do is make the next move count into your advantage.
Learn What You Can and Cannot Control: There are things you simply cannot control. For example, you cannot control your opponent’s moves, his serves, the way he hits the ball back to you, or even the weather. Let go of these things. Dwelling on these can make you lose focus. You will be wasting your energies that can otherwise be used to strengthen your game. Concentrate your efforts on the things you can control. Be aware of your serves, strokes and scoring pattern. Learn to adjust your moves as the situation changes. And keep yourself positive, your energy well spent on the things you can change and control.
Be in The Moment: Anxiety can mount as the game progresses, especially if your opponent’s scores are steadily rising over yours. Do not be distracted by this. Think that the other player is also having anxieties and pressures of his own. The game is won not by the scorecards but by how each player deals with their own anxieties. The better player is the one who keeps performing well even with the mounting anxieties and pressure of the game. Keep your cool. Dwell in the present moment. Play by sets and stop worrying about the previous or the future set. Stay in the moment and concentrate on how to make each of your moves count. Dwell on each stroke, in how to hit the ball and not on how your opponent reacts to your moves. Stay focused on your own side of the court-not on what is happening on your opponent’s side, nor on the stands. It is a reality that not all people watching in stands are on your side. Some are inevitably rooting for your opponent. A few boos should not distract you. Train your mind to stay on your side of the court.
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