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Mental Toughness and Respect

June 11, 2013

Several weeks ago, I was playing in a league tennis match and was paired against a player who has a reputation for on-court shenanigans and creating controversy.  When I realized who I was playing, I had a decision to make.  What should my approach to this player be?  Conventional wisdom tells us to be on-guard […]

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Mental Toughness and Being More Positive

May 25, 2013

One of the fundamental aspects of the PerformanceXtra program is to be more positive in competition, in your training and in your life in general as this has been proven to be a determinant for success.  To most people, that sounds fairly logical.  However, there is a lot of literature that misrepresents what being positive […]

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Success and Consistency

May 18, 2013

When you hear the word consistency, what images come to mind?  If you’re a tennis player, you’ll most likely imagine someone who never misses a shot.  In basketball, it might be a player with a high free throw percentage.  Whatever it is you imagine, it is only a very small part of what being consistent […]

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Mental Toughness and Playing to Win

May 8, 2013

Have you ever watched a game in which the team that was leading stopped playing to win in favor of protecting their lead?  And what often happens in this situation?  The team that is just protecting the lead ends up losing it.  In football, we see this phenomenon with the “prevent” defense.  In hockey and […]

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Mental Toughness and Encouragement

April 29, 2013

It’s amazing what a little encouragement can do for a competitor.  I was standing in the locker room talking to a fellow player after a grueling match in the National 45 and over Clay Court Tennis Championships in Ft. Lauderdale last week.  My body was exhausted.  My shoulder was screaming in pain.  And my next […]

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Mental Toughness – A Formula for Success

April 13, 2013

Want a formula for being a successful athlete?  Try this. Optimism * (Persistence + Resilience) = Success To understand this formula more completely, let’s define our terms starting with Persistence and Resilience as they are the base elements in the equation.  Persistence is the ability to sustain effort throughout a performance.  We often see this […]

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My Journey to Mental Toughness

April 6, 2013

When I was 6 years old, I failed advanced beginner swimming lessons, and thus my tennis career was born!  At that time, my family had a membership at a swim and tennis club and my sisters and I went there on a daily basis.  And as the name of the club implies, there were two […]

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What is Mental Toughness – Motivation

March 30, 2013

Why do you compete?  Why is your sport important to you? Your answers to these questions can be quite revealing in terms of your desire to succeed and achieve your goals, and whether or not you’re ready to do what it takes to reach your potential.  That’s why motivation is one of the key ingredients […]

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What is Mental Toughness – Confidence

March 23, 2013

A vitally important ingredient to mental toughness and performing your best is confidence.  I know that isn’t exactly a profound revelation, but where many athletes struggle is in developing confidence so that they can compete at a high level consistently.  We want to develop the kind of confidence that is unshakeable no matter the circumstances.  […]

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What is Mental Toughness – Focused on Winning

March 16, 2013

There are a lot of thoughts that go through an athlete’s mind while competing.  Some are beneficial and others are not.  A credo that I like to use is that all of your energy, both mental and physical, should be in the direction of helping you win.  A great way to keep yourself on track is […]

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