WEEK 3 JANUARY 2012
It has been an amazing few weeks here at the Australian Open culminating in an absolutely incredible and epic Men’s Final between Djokovic and Nadal. I have watched lots of great tennis matches at all the Slams, but this one was a truly remarkable match of endurance, courage, belief and skill. Both players gave it their all. There were epic shots and exhausting rallies to all corners of the court in a match that lasted 5 hours and 53 minutes. Both players are true champions in every sense of the word.
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.
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.
And one from the 2012 Australian Open Women’s Champion, 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.
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? Already a month has passed in 2012. Are you on track to achieve those goals you set last month? 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.
Love and blessings
Ann Quinn, Ph.D Peak Performance Specialist