Don't Quit When The Chips Are Down

Staying the course, and absolutely refusing to go down is part of what makes tennis so exciting: you watch people regain confidence in real-time.

Sometimes you'll come out on top simply because you refused to throw in the towel. 

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You're Responsible For The Outcome

When you play tennis, you're really competing with yourself. You're perpetually trying to improve: to hit shots faster, improve placement, surprise your opponent, make your footwork more efficient than it was the last point. 

If you try to blame others, like the coach, the opponent, the referee, etc., you're only hurting your game by not accepting your role in the outcome.

Becoming a great tennis player is similar to being an excellent professional, you're constantly analyzing your weaknesses and strengths, and adjusting your game.

You can sabotage yourself by getting frustrated or being defeatist. Learning how to precisely manage yourself, and to stay calm and to dig deep in high pressure, high stakes situations can turn the tide of a match and a career.

You'll Fail Often

Great tennis players are unfazed by failure in the moment, they wait until the match is over to let emotions set in. 

Getting accustomed to failure and learning how to handle it well is what success is built upon.

If you've won the first handful of points or games, well done, but the match isn't over until you win two or three sets. Momentum can change on a dime - your opponent is adjusting their game as much as you are to see what is effective.

You must stay engaged in your performance regardless of how far ahead you are because you never know when circumstances will shift.

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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Fear is your fire

Without fear, we would lose the fire to succeed at our dream.

When we become fearless, we become unmotivated and on the brink of failure. Let fear motivate you rather than stop you from getting where you want to go.

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Be laser-focused on your priorities and say no to any opportunities that might hinder your long-term goals. You’re in for the long-haul, not the sprint.

Roger Federer: ”You have to believe in the long-term plan you have but you need the short-term goals to motivate and inspire you.“

Work hard

Serena Williams has had her fair share of defeats and setbacks—there’s no doubt she works incredibly hard to come out on top.

If you want something badly, you can’t escape putting in the work.

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