I know a minor league baseball player that pretends to get angry at the pitcher when he steps up to the plate.
In my eyes, that this is a minor league mindset.
Here’s what I think…
When you “hate” your opponent, it creates muscle tension and you don’t perform at your peak.
When sprinters train for competition, they run at about 80 percent.
Because when they run at 100 percent, their muscles constrict and they actually run slower.
Instead of “hating” your opponent, think of them as your teacher–someone who is pushing you to get better.
Have gratitude for your teacher and you will stay loose.
When you stay loose, you perform at a higher level.
Hating your opponent is a minor league attitude, and you can’t make the major leagues with a minor league attitude.