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Mental Toughness As A Factor To Win In Tennis
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Mental Toughness As A Factor to Win In Tennis

Being one of the most important psychological qualities, especially in sports like tennis, mental toughness allows you to unconsciously reach your peak performance in what you do. Mental toughness is all about brain work and brain, as scientifically known, is responsible for operation of your musculoskeletal system. This way it is very crucial to be mentally tough in order to succeed in sports. There are a few ways how you can focus on and develop your mental toughness including confidence in yourself, level of motivation, ability to stay calm under pressure, ability to be resilient and stay focused.

The first thing you can start with is to set your goal. Think of what do you want to achieve or what you would love to expect from an up-coming match. Once the goal is set, you will become motivated. However make sure the goal is realistic, otherwise word "impossible" will be one the most frequently used in your vocabulary. On the other hand, your goal should not be too simple because you will not get any motivation as you will be able to easily accomplish it. When you set the goal tell yourself: "this is what takes to succeed in tennis – and this is what I do".

Secondly, try to use your imagination. You can imagine or visualize the way you will win the match and beat your opponent and how this all is going to happen. While you may think this way is one of the silliest you have ever heard of, it really helps your brain to build neural paths that will further strengthen your coordination. The advantage of this step is the fact that you can imagine wherever you are and whenever you want. Also visual imagination of you stunning the opponent you were afraid of helps facilitate improvement of your self-confidence.

Finally, learn how to concentrate on many things at once. Switching focus from one action to another helps you improve your performance as it teaches you to be resilient against distraction. Along with visualization, multi-focus is the key part of becoming mentally tough. How to stay focused on many things at one time? First you need to visualize what you do and then right away execute it. For example, imagine that you do reverse spin doing a drop shot. Visualize how would you do that and then do it in real life. And so on with any action thereafter. Thus, you will have visual imagination of what you do along with doing that on the court in real life.


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