Message #80 - Focus on the win, not the opponent
by, 09-09-2008 at 11:41 PM (1934 Views)
Visualize the VICTORY not the PRESSURE you feel...</SPAN>
You have to completely embrace the idea that with all accomplishment there is PRESSURE. In fact the greater the accomplishment...the greater the pressure...I agree with Billie Jean King, perhaps the greatest female tennis player ever, that "Pressure is a Privilege".
I'll take it a step further. "PRESSURE IS THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAMPIONS". If you really want to be a champion...start accepting the pressure that comes as a privilege.."a sort of right of passage".
Typically when you feel pressure it's because you're thinking about an opponent. Think about it for a moment....The more you think about your opponent the more you feel the pressure.
The opponent doesn't matter really. If you really want the victory you're going to have to beat everybody anyway.
When I competed I didn't think about my opponents too much...What I did however is spend a lot of time thinking about how I was going to win.
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