Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.
– VINCE LOMBARDI
We all get mental blocks. And we all need to overcome these blocks.
Imagine driving across the country from New York to California…with your emergency break on.
Many athletes go through their entire careers like that.
The problem is most people want to win, but they don’t want to get out of their comfort zone.
For all you athletes, amateur and professional, here’s my tip:
The best way to win more is to forget about winning.
During practice you need to THINK.
During competition you need to DO.
Play your game and trust your game.
“If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says. At the end of the game, in my book, we’re gonna be winners.”
-COACH NORMAN DALE, Hoosiers
“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.
Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eye. It is the swing in your gait,
the irresistible surge of your will and your energy to execute your ideas.
Enthusiasts are fighters.
They have fortitude.
They have staying quality.
Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress.
With it there is accomplishment.
Without it there are only abilities.
Enthusiasm will help you get more tips as a waiter or waitress.
Enthusiasm will help you make more sales.
Enthusiasm will help you get better grades.
Enthusiasm will help you win more in sports.
If you have enthusiasm, you are a winner.
And the secret is…
You can have enthusiasm, whether you feel like it or not.
Congratulations to Serena Williams and Roger Federer for winning this year’s US Open tennis championship.
I have to admit, I’m quite impressed with both Serena and Roger. There is no doubt that they are elite athletes, but I know their secret.
Everyone sees their results on TV, but nobody sees how hard they work. Serena even talked about how hard she has been working in her interview after the match. Roger Federer trains in extreme conditions so that everything else will be easy. When you look at Serena, do you think, “Wow, she was blessed with a great body,” or do you think, “She must work out.” Of course she works out.
Nothing beats hard work.
“Diligence beats intelligence.”
Thanks for reading.
Well, here I am the Sandals, Montego Bay, Jamaica, as the visiting tennis pro for the week. It’s not a bad deal – room, food, drinks, tips, taxes, water sports, land sports…all for free. I only have two lessons a day and the rest of the time I will have to decide where to eat, what to read, and whether to go to the beach or pool/jacuzzi.
I know what you’re thinking…”Ed, don’t work so hard,” but someone has to do it. But seriously, folks, the reason why I have access to many tropical islands to be a visiting tennis pro is a by-product of years of hard work. But those years of hard work weren’t so hard because I was enjoying what I was doing. See, winners win because they have the right attitude.
“Our attitude determines our altitude.”
So think like a winner and you will become a winner.
More from Jamaica tomorrow…
Thanks for reading.