There are moments in life when I am truly inspired by an event or a moment in time. Watching young cricketers stay mentally tough or watch a young footballer move from Yorkshire to Spain to start a new life or the example of the Australian Open culminating in an absolutely incredible and epic Men’s Final between Djokovic and Nadal.
One that was a truly remarkable match of endurance, courage, belief and skill.
As important was their reaction afterwards.
I’m a professional tennis player. I’m sure any other colleague tennis player would say the same: We live for these matches. We work every day. We’re trying to dedicate all our life to this sport to come to the situation where we play a six hour match for a Grand Slam title.
This is where we live to be in the pressure zone and give it our all. We get to identify how good we are today and test ourselves to the limit. We can be free in the moment and not be afraid to fail and if we do we do whilst daring greatly.
I suffered during the match, but I enjoyed all the troubles that I had during all the match. I tried to be there, to find solutions all the time. I played a lot with my heart. I played a lot with my mind, and is something that is nice to be around and not just play tennis. Even though I lost it was something very special for me.
We must never forget that adversity is where we find how out who we are. If we can undertake our professions/and use our heart and minds, to find solutions to the problems we face so that we can always optimize our performance. I often think back to how free my mind and my performances were when I was younger, we should enable ourselves to be free of constraints no matter what age we and seize the chances that are offered to us in all walks of life.
VIctoria Azarenka, who just 12 months ago was thinking of giving up, but she hung in there and is now Australian Open Champion and World Number 1.
I guess I made a pretty smart decision not walking out. I learned no one road goes straight; there are always ups and downs.
It is so easy to give up when things or the going gets tough – our ability to dust ourselves down and learn from the experience is vital. Then Ctrl-alt-delete and move forward.
Are you giving it your all in whatever you do? Do you prepare to win in even the toughest of situations? Do you absolutely believe you can do it? What do you need to do to be a true champion?
Any man can win when things go his way, it’s the man that overcomes adversity that is the true champion.
Have the courage, determination and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
Self leadership is the key and I will go back to my single most important word-“discipline”.
It takes discipline to look a man in the eyes rather than at his feet, his chest or the space above his shoulders.
It takes discipline to train when it is wet and cold , when all the others are at home behind the glass.
It takes discipline to tell the truth.
It takes discipline to keep your eyes on the vision of your dreams.
It takes discipline to constantly work on the basics even when the basics get a little boring.
It takes discipline to constantly practice under pressure so that nothing surprises you during the game.
It takes discipline to get out of your warm bed.
It takes discipline to keep running when you body wants to stop.
It takes discipline to do the little things even if the do not seem important.
It takes discipline to be respectful.
It takes discipline to stick to the game plan
It takes discipline to guard against complacency, arrogance and laziness.
It takes discipline to look for the facts without making excuses.
It takes discipline to make the right choice.
It takes discipline to be on time.
It takes discipline to fight back.
It takes discipline to relax and find balance.
It takes discipline to lead by example.
It takes discipline to listen and learn.
It takes discipline to say NO.
It is discipline that gets you to the top.