5 Strong Success Lessons From Serena Williams
Serena Williams: “I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn’t easy—it took me a while.”
We are all wonderfully unique, so don’t try to become more like someone else. And don’t listen to what others might say about you.
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Serena Williams comes determined to the court to make it happen. Confidence and believing that you can win are ingredients of the mindset of a champion. You have to work on developing that yourself.
Work on improving your skills DAILY.
Serena Williams started playing tennis early on. Back in 2011, she had a major injury that caused her to plummet from being number 1 to 172. In 2013 she gained her rank back.
She decided to persist regardless of her injuries and losses.
In 2015 Serena Williams already had 21 Grand Slam titles. She was only 1 title away from scoring 22nd one, which was only done by Steffi Graf. She made it happen by winning Wimbledon 2016.
Never give up. If someone else is winning, you can do it too.
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.
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.
During the tournament, journalists kept asking Roger Federer how he was able to come back better than before, considering his late injury, age, and long absence from the circuit. His response was simple:
Roger Federer: “I worked very hard with my team. I tried to work the hardest.”
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.“
The 2017 Federer “version” was completely different than 2012 one. Federer was faster, sharper, and with an enhanced killer instinct.
Roger Federer: “As you grow older, it becomes a bit more quality-orientated and not so much quantity because quantity hurts the body. Essentially I’m working half days if you like, because there’s no point for me to put in all the mega hours anymore, because I know I have it in the vault, I have it there if need be.”