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… While I was at the first round of Davis Cup Tennis play in Carson, California, I was struck with inspiration.
I felt compelled to share with you my opinions on world-class athletes, how I think you can benefit, and where we plan to take the Mental Strength Training Center in the coming months.
As I watched Andre Agassi play Ivan Ljubicic and Andy Roddick battle Mario Ancic from Croatia on center court of the Home Depot Training Center, I thought to myself, “Boy, I can do that, I can hit that hard, can move like that and can probably even hit it harder in some cases.”
Everyone has heard that a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is helpful to reach one’s goals.
But what does that mean, really?
If someone deliberately bangs your favorite tennis racquet into the concrete, are you supposed to smile and thank them in the name of PMA?
If the opposing linebacker blind-sides you after you get a pass off to the receiver, should you help them up because they fell over while spiking you?
Of course not.
You may not be able to control the actions of others, but you do have total control over your own attitude.
So simple that most people miss it.
Last week, I was on the tennis court with a very successful woman. Our lesson topic: How to hit high percentage tennis shots in pressure situations.
We applied the Law of 21, which is the foundation for mastering new techniques through repetition. And after about 40 minutes she got the hang of her new skills quite nicely.
Now in order for new skills, or any skills for that matter, to become automatic you must have the mind uninvolved with the process.