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11 Ways Champions Adjust



The great champions in sports, business and life have one thing in common. They adjust. When the conditions, circumstances and situations change, the champion achieves a psychological boost by adapting and adjusting. This process occurs swiftly without much conscious thought. How do they know what to do? How do they know how to do it? How do they know when to do it?

Here is a proven, concrete list for masterful adjusting. Practice the ones that fit your sport, business or life. Be prepared to adjust.

1. Be cool in a crisis. Champions are calm and cool when things don't go their way. They can withstand an opponent's great play without panic, fear and doubt. There is no time to complain as a victim of the changing circumstance, condition or situation. Unhinge your jaw. Breathe slowly, deliberately and calmly with long inhales and exhales.

2. Re-boot your brain. Sometimes you need to turn your brain off. Too much thought can cause easy mistakes when the pressure mounts. This takes no more than 90-seconds and it's perfect for the change-over in tennis. Less is more.

3. Keep your style. Champions rarely abandon their style of performance. They stick with their strengths even when the performance has taken a negative turn. Adjust your style of play, but never abandon it.

4. Change your behavior.Adjusting from aggressive to passive and vice versa will be a master tool in most situations. Slow down the pace or pick it up. Lift your head up from a defeated, negative, lower head position. Sometimes a simple laugh, smile or physical skip can trigger a reversal of fortune. Within 90-seconds of confronting a challenge, your mental and physical behavior needs to adapt.

5. Approach the goal in a different way. Re-structure the situation by shifting tactics in getting the job done. In golf, if you're struggling to hit your driver accurately, switch to a 3-wood. If your jump shot in basketball is off, start driving to the hole. If you're missing your first serve in tennis, hit hard second serves for your first serve until your confidence is resurrected. Most champions are armed with 2-3 tactics prior to an event. These tactics have been practiced and are ready to be deployed at a seconds notice.

6. Look for opponent's weakness. It's not always about you. Sometimes you need to be patient in finding a weakness in your opponent.

Helping your opponent lose may be the best way to win.

Maintain a high performance standard while gathering information on your opponent. When you observe their weak link, adjust your energy to their vulnerability.

7. Keep your energy directed outward. Even though reality is not matching your expectation, keep your energy on your strategy and tactics. Once you start thinking about your game, technique, fatigue or other factors, the Zone will abandon you and your opponent's odds of defeating you will rise.

8. Use positive "I statements." "I am accurate." "I have rhythm." These internal, mental statements are directed to the challenge at hand.

9. Play your heart song. Many champions have reversed their losing ways by mentally playing their "heart song." Once this rhythmical music flows as a backdrop to the performance, it can easily trigger a Zone state of peak performance. Prepare this song before the event. Sometimes you just need to play your heart song to get your rhythm back.



10. Think ONLY about what you want. Sometimes when you're challenged, it's easy to think about what you DON'T want. "I'm so tired." "My putting stinks!" "What's wrong with my serve?" Champions only think about what they want in tough times. Be aware of what you're thinking about. This adjustment from negative to positive might be all you need to get the job done.

11. Keep the desired result in mind at all times. By keeping the endgame in mind, it will assist your intuition in fully engaging. It will also keep you motivated and inspired, especially when under duress. This mindset will also be broadcasted mentally, physically and intuitively to your opponent. This may trigger them to try harder which can influence their ability to choke and lose to you.

When you embrace the fact that change is an absolute, the process of performing accurately and decisively will take hold.

Be prepared to change.

Competitive events can be stressful. You know this. These times can easily block reason and common sense. Are you prepared to swiftly change your mood and mannerisms to match the volatile changes that can happen? Will you adapt? Will you adjust?

When you are fully engaged in the moment with an end result in mind, your intuition will give you the swift solutions and answers. Practicing these potential adjustments will give you a greater chance of responding under pressure.

Adjust when things aren't going your way. Do it. Do it swiftly. Adjust. Get back in the Zone!

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Top 5 Tennis Tantrums and What You Can Learn From Them

Tennis is a sport with many psychological challenges. The unique scoring system constantly builds up to pressure points where one player is poised to take all, the other to lose all. Matches have no time limit, and can last for many hours. In singles, players are alone, usually without access to a coach.

No wonder so many players end up losing their temper, often in spectacular fashion.

By studying player tantrums we can learn a great deal that can help us improve our psychological approach to tennis, or indeed any sport.

Here are five classic tantrums, each one with a distinct lesson to teach us.

1) Grigor Dimitrov, Istanbul 2016



Dubbed 'Baby Fed', Dimitrov was once talked of as a successor to Roger Federer, but no longer. Despite reaching a career-high ranking of eighth and the Wimbledon semifinal in 2014, the Bulgarian has struggled to compete with the game's elite, and has not yet been able to translate his rare talent into consistent world-class form.

Few players have been hyped by the media as much as Dimitrov. The pressures of expectation, coupled with low-confidence, seem to have led the 25-year old to his recent implosion in the final of the Istanbul Open. Dimitrov forfeited the match after smashing three rackets, handing the title to his opponent Diego Schwartzman.

Dimitrov has never sought help from a tennis psychologist, which suggests that he underestimates the value of the mental game. He needs to learn how to disengage from his thoughts and emotions, and focus on the task in hand. If he does this, he has the talent to get back to the top ten and stay there.

Lesson: The expectations of others can be a mental burden on court. We need to learn how to allow our difficult thoughts and emotions to be there without engaging with them.

2) Roger Federer, Miami 2009



Roger Federer is the epitome of a cool, calm and collected champion, but it wasn't always this way. In his early years on tour, the Swiss maestro expressed a hot temper on court, with his racket often bearing the brunt of his anger.

In 2001, knowing his emotions were holding back his game, Federer worked hard on improving his mental approach. This paid off handsomely, as Fed began his meteoric rise to the top soon after.

Rarely since have we seen Roger lose his temper. However in this clip from his 2009 match against Novak Djokovic in Miami, the Swiss' temper burned bright one more time following a string of forehand errors.

This proved a one-off lapse, and Roger has maintained his trademark composure ever since. We should take comfort in the fact the one of the greatest of all time can have a serious mental off-day. It reminds us that none of us can be perfect.

Lesson: Even players who have exemplary mental skills can have lapses. That's fine, as long as we reconnect quickly with a successful mental approach. Forgive yourself if you lose your temper, and move on.

3) Carlos Berlocq - Aix en Provence 2016



This extraordinary incident, in which Berlocq smashes his racket on just the second point of the match, indicates that the Argentinian wasn't in a good mental state when he stepped onto the court.

There will always be off-court stresses in our lives, and sometimes we can't help it if thoughts and emotions which have nothing to do with tennis interfere with our game.

The trick is to learn how to let go of those feelings. Let them be there, don't engage.

Lesson: We always bring some sort of emotion onto court with us. When those emotions are negative, we need to learn to let go of engagement with them, or they are liable to lead us to perform poorly.

4) John McEnroe, Australian Open 1990



McEnroe may be the king of the tennis tantrum, but he's also an honest and insightful judge of his own behavior. In his autobiography Serious, McEnroe says that his struggle with on-court anger hindered his progression as a player. His temper disrupted his rhythm, and often indicated he was on the verge of choking. He sees his anger as a response to nerves and a fear of failure. Brilliant as he was, McEnroe would have been a better player if he had been mentally stronger.

He never won the Australian Open. A series of warnings for bad behavior led to his disqualification from this fourth round match in 1990.

Lesson: Tantrums are self-destructive. To maximize your potential as a player, you have to develop a strong mental game.

5) David Nalbandian, London 2012



Nalbandian will be remembered as one of the best players never to win a Slam. He'll also be remembered for his fiery temper, and in particular for his outburst in the 2012 Queens final which cost him the match. A momentary burst of anger led Nalbandian to kick an advertising board which struck a linesman in the leg hard enough to draw blood. Game over. Instant disqualification.

Of course injuring the linesman wasn't intentional, but Nalbandian's inability to tolerate and let go of his anger handed a winnable final to his opponent and landed him with a $12,560 fine.

Lesson: Anger can arise quickly during a match if we make a mistake or lose an important point. We need to learn how to allow anger to be there without responding to it.

Neil Endicott is an author, coach and founder of Mindfulness-Based Tennis Psychology, an online mental training course for tennis players.

Follow Neil on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tennismeditator

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