PVC Mental Strategy 27

Stop Yourself from Stopping Yourself

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: One of the greatest tennis players of all time has some critical words to share with you. In her stellar career, she won 59 Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon 9 times, the US Open 9 times, the French Open 7 times, and the Australian Open 8 times.

Martina Navratilova at age 56 at 2013 U.S. Open Championship. Photo by Flickr user Robbiesaurus.

Tennis superstar Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus, physique and sharp game even at the age of 43?” This was her answer:

“The ball doesn’t know how old I am. You need to stop yourself from stopping yourself. Every game in life is actually played on a 6-inch ground – the space between your two ears. We don’t live in bungalows, duplexes, or flats. We live in our mind which is an unlimited area. Life is great when things are sorted and uncluttered there. Keeping the mind messy with hatred growing on the table, regrets piling up in the corner, expectations boiling in the kitchen, secrets stuffed under the carpet, and worries littered everywhere ruin this real home.

The key factor to performing well in life and in every arena is the ability to control the quality and quantity of your “internal dialogue”. Performance is potential minus internal interference. Live in peace, not in pieces. 

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