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October 04, 2023

What Is Mental Resilience?

Why Novak is streets ahead of every other tennis player on the planet.

What makes him different?

Why most younger players don’t have this mental fortitude?

A lot of this comes down to the mentors and specific training Novak has had early in his career.

That self-belief was developed and enhanced.

One key area to understand and observe is Novak’s automatic responses to stress.

Novak’s response is quite predictable in that the more pressure he feels the more he embraces the challenge and discomfort no matter how stressed he is physically.

The evidence is he succeeds more than he fails in these situations.

What about you?
Do you embrace the pressure or retreat?
Do you get angry or passive?
Think about the cost or pay off for you

What this clearly demonstrates is that the training to develop a resilient mindset requires consistent repetition of stressful situations and then providing the tools for the individual to use and gain feedback
This is what we teach in our training on Mental Skills.

Resilience is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, even when the circumstances are discouraging or disruptive. It comprises characteristics such as belief in self, willingness to take risks, and a need for achievement. Importantly realising one’s strengths and weaknesses.

If you don’t have a plan for dealing with pressure then you’ll succumb to it.
Which is what happens to most people

You have to have a will to get better

It’s truly understanding yourself under pressure.
It’s accepting that if you want to achieve amazing goals you have to learn to thrive under pressure, you have to plan for it especially when things aren’t going your way.

"It’s actually deciding on a way to live."

The one thing you do need to understand, you don't develop this in a ONE-DAY workshop. Because if you did every other player on the planet would be at this level. It takes patience, courage, and will.

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