Is one game good enough?
Published: 23 Jan 2005 - 04:58 by rippa rit
Updated: 20 Dec 2008 - 00:50
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When we play a player we consider better than ourselves, we can tell ourselves, after winning one game, that it was an ok performance, and talk our way into thinking "we put up a good fight, and did not disgrace ourselves, so be happy". What is going on in our head?
At times our only limitations are the confidence we have in our own ability to win.
Never under-estimate yourself. Never write yourself off.
Often underdogs will strive hard to get an acceptable number of points in a game or win a game, and then happily settle down and be resigned to come second, as if the match was over. How do you figure this out?
- The impression by the way they walk around the court, is that they feel satisfied that they did not disgrace themselves, and to come first was not in the equation. Wrong approach.
If you are fit, have sound basic strokes, have practiced well, return shots consistently, particularly if a game has already been won (which clearly demonstrates that you are good enough), there is every chance more game wins can follow. So:
- Keep going, keep thinking, keep trying, don't give up.
- Also the body language is really important at this point - don't feel apologetic.
- You have already made a statement "I am as good as you are" (though you may be younger and less experienced).
When the going gets tough, the tough get going....true.
Reading Mental Skills will help
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