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The 6 Best Career Lessons We Can Learn From Tennis

It's Mostly Mental

Your confidence can't be at the whims of every point, game or set lost. Knowing how to remain calm, not feeling discouraged or frustrated throughout a match can make all the difference. 

Nothing is more unnerving than playing someone who can not be discouraged, and refuses to lose no matter how far behind they get.

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What you feel is not important

Feeling and thinking mean nothing. It’s what you do with your thoughts and feelings that determine your success.

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Learning to love the things we hate

Throughout Andre Agassi’s book, he describes many times his hate for the sport of tennis. It’s clear by the end that he is able to deal with his hatred of tennis because he has learned to love it.

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Age is only a mindset

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Keep fighting

Serena Williams has found herself on the losing end of the set early on in the match and requiring two set wins to take the match. In these situations, she holds her head high and keeps fighting.

Do not throw in the towel. As long as there’s still time on that clock, you’re still in the fight.

Focus is key

Serena Williams: “If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration.”

If you also want to become the best at what you do, developing the right focus is essential.

The Inner Game
The Inner Game

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Self 1 and Self 2

When we are learning something new, we often internally talk to ourselves. Self 1 is the conscious self. Self 2 the subconscious. The two are always in dialogue.

If both selves can communicate in harmony, everything goes well.
But more often,  Self 1 gets judgmental and critical, trying to instruct Self 2. The trick is to calm Self 1 and let Self 2 follow that natural learning process.
Stop trying so hard

There is a time for instruction and putting in the effort. But trying too hard may produce negative results.

Instead, step back and take in less feedback. On a deeper level, we know what to do. We just need to overcome the habit of the mind getting in the way.