vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane
Nadal won. Again. But this win was tougher than usual. In his post-match interview he said he never played a match feeling so bad physically, he was suffering the whole match. But he won. Tim Smyzcek was close – so close. What made the difference at the end of the fifth set? Here the biggest danger is to let your mind wander to the outcome of the match. Yes Smyzcek’s mind went to the future. Maybe only a very very short instant – but it was enough to not be focus totally on his game. Nadal’s experience and ability to stay on the present allowed him to win again. He worked hard to reinforce his natural concentration skills – it paid again yesterday. Of course I don’t say Nadal doesn’t want to win! But once on the court, he’s showing up not to WIN – because if you show up to WIN, you’re focusing on OUTCOME and RESULT. And the thing about outcome and results is that there are UNCONTROLLABLE. We cannot control the outcome – we can only influence it. And what’s happen when you can’t control something? When you can’t control something, you get NERVOUS. So what happens is you get TIGH, TENSE and TENTATIVE. Of course for Tim Smyzcek, it was probably a very short moment, a little hesitation – yet enough for Nadal. In general, the players’ mind starts to wander earlier in the match. They’re worrying about winning and losing. Then, they lose confidence and their performance goes down. Here’s the news: you don’t have to worry about the outcome! You can stay CALM and CONFIDENT. When the game is close and tough, the very best players are able to focus on their task at hand – to stay in the present, to keep their concentration. To do this, they focus only on what they can control – strategy, movement, self-talk, attitude, competing – everything they can absolutely CONTROL. Then, their performance is reflected by that. So, the whole idea is what we focusing on – not the outcome but the present, the task at hand – to stay in the present. For the champions, routines are one important thing that helps them to stay focus. Now, it’s up to you to find what will keep you in the now, what will stop your mind wandering too much in the future. Being free of the need to win results in greater personal power and performance. Let the possibility of winning keep you alert and sharp. I you win, terrific; if not, feel the joy and satisfaction of having participated. Focus on how well you are mastering specific skills. Notice how the event provided you with an opportunity to display your skills against challenging competition. Win or lose, you have to dig down inside and discover other aspects of yourself.
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