Showing posts with label Novak Djokovic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Novak Djokovic. Show all posts

I have always believed that sports can motivate anyone to achieve their personal goals. With this thought going at the back of the mind, I muttered to myself – "Can sports do the same for me?"

"I think Apeksha, it’s time to put belief in action" – said my mind.

Since last few days, I had been feeling very lethargic and uninterested in the events around me. And I knew the reason: Lack of physical activity does that to anyone. So I told myself,  let’s take up the 21 day challenge to get myself back in the habit of physical exercise and to keep myself accountable, lets post daily updates on twitter.

Apart from the usual benefits of weight loss, feeling fresh and active throughout the day and sweating etc, these are the most important lessons I learnt from my #21dayexercisechallenge.

My workout included:
Cardio-10 mins, 15 pushups, 50 squats, 25 mountain climbers, 50 steps, 30 sidekicks, 30 frontkicks, 15 abdominal crunches.

By the end of the day 2, already I could see a little lethargy creeping in my mind because mind always wants to run away from sweating or doing any work. All it tells you is that resting is perfect and going out there running is difficult. I realized that the toughest part is to tie the shoe laces and get out there. Once you do that, you will realize that it always will have a happy ending.

Increasingly mind will try to find new excuses, some as lazy as why run, when you can rest and sleep for ten minutes more. But still I kept going and this is what I learnt during the 21 days...

1) The toughest part is always to tie up you shoe laces and get out. Once you have done that, you realize that it is always a happy ending.

2) Ask yourself who is the DRIVER of your life: YOU or Your Mind?

3) Will anything that you want to do in life, be easy? No… But Worth it – Absolutely..

4) It's easy to give up, but giving up only will make me feel weaker.

5) If I'll not keep my commitments, then who will! The key to self-esteem is to follow what you say!

6) If you are a sports enthusiast like me, then always ask yourself in key moments when you are almost certain to give up, what would have your favorite athlete have done? ( Had severe cough and cold in between, but still went out- Thanks to Roger Federer who had just played an entire tournament inspite of having flu and went on to reach this finals)

7) Do something today that your future self will thank you for. I was also inspired by the following pic which Novak Djokovic posted while on a vacation - apparently he never misses his stretching/training even on vacations. So I realized problems/reasons will always be there, challenge is to fulfill your commitment inspite of the problems/reasons.


8) Why we all love #exercise time once we have finished it? Any guesses? It’s because during the whole time, your mind is in present moment, counting the numbers! Think about it.. You are so focused in counting the number of reps done, that you forget about everything else! Being in present moment is always the key to happiness..we keep thinking about future/past!


9) Sweated a lot on the 1st day & today it felt like it was nothing!! So impossible is just in the mind….Isn't it?

And don't forget, once you start the workout, obviously you can eat your favorite food guilt free  :):)


And yes I still follow the workout routine even if its been more than a month since this challenge got over..:):)
9 Lessons I learnt from my 21 day exercise challenge !!

9 Lessons I learnt from my 21 day exercise challenge !!


I have always believed that sports can motivate anyone to achieve their personal goals. With this thought going at the back of the mind, I muttered to myself – "Can sports do the same for me?"

"I think Apeksha, it’s time to put belief in action" – said my mind.

Since last few days, I had been feeling very lethargic and uninterested in the events around me. And I knew the reason: Lack of physical activity does that to anyone. So I told myself,  let’s take up the 21 day challenge to get myself back in the habit of physical exercise and to keep myself accountable, lets post daily updates on twitter.

Apart from the usual benefits of weight loss, feeling fresh and active throughout the day and sweating etc, these are the most important lessons I learnt from my #21dayexercisechallenge.

My workout included:
Cardio-10 mins, 15 pushups, 50 squats, 25 mountain climbers, 50 steps, 30 sidekicks, 30 frontkicks, 15 abdominal crunches.

By the end of the day 2, already I could see a little lethargy creeping in my mind because mind always wants to run away from sweating or doing any work. All it tells you is that resting is perfect and going out there running is difficult. I realized that the toughest part is to tie the shoe laces and get out there. Once you do that, you will realize that it always will have a happy ending.

Increasingly mind will try to find new excuses, some as lazy as why run, when you can rest and sleep for ten minutes more. But still I kept going and this is what I learnt during the 21 days...

1) The toughest part is always to tie up you shoe laces and get out. Once you have done that, you realize that it is always a happy ending.

2) Ask yourself who is the DRIVER of your life: YOU or Your Mind?

3) Will anything that you want to do in life, be easy? No… But Worth it – Absolutely..

4) It's easy to give up, but giving up only will make me feel weaker.

5) If I'll not keep my commitments, then who will! The key to self-esteem is to follow what you say!

6) If you are a sports enthusiast like me, then always ask yourself in key moments when you are almost certain to give up, what would have your favorite athlete have done? ( Had severe cough and cold in between, but still went out- Thanks to Roger Federer who had just played an entire tournament inspite of having flu and went on to reach this finals)

7) Do something today that your future self will thank you for. I was also inspired by the following pic which Novak Djokovic posted while on a vacation - apparently he never misses his stretching/training even on vacations. So I realized problems/reasons will always be there, challenge is to fulfill your commitment inspite of the problems/reasons.


8) Why we all love #exercise time once we have finished it? Any guesses? It’s because during the whole time, your mind is in present moment, counting the numbers! Think about it.. You are so focused in counting the number of reps done, that you forget about everything else! Being in present moment is always the key to happiness..we keep thinking about future/past!


9) Sweated a lot on the 1st day & today it felt like it was nothing!! So impossible is just in the mind….Isn't it?

And don't forget, once you start the workout, obviously you can eat your favorite food guilt free  :):)


And yes I still follow the workout routine even if its been more than a month since this challenge got over..:):)
 
Just 3 years back, nothing could go wrong with Novak Djokovic whose historic 70-6 record in 2011 was considered as amongst the best ever in tennis history. Not only this, his comeback wins from match points down had given him a nickname of Rasputin of tennis – the player who refuses to die. 

The world was just perfect for Novak Djokovic. Nothing could go wrong it seems and then suddenly a wave of transformation hit him. All of a sudden, from the Rasputin of tennis, he has now become one of the most vulnerable tennis players when it comes to crunch situations.

More often than not, there seems to be a hollow look in his eyes during the matches when he is in the latter stages of the matches. You could see a line of doubt in his eyes and as a fan you know that he is going to falter sooner than later. The fiery wide eyes which used to be a common sight earlier on in 2011, has been replaced with a slightly dejected look, not to mention even his receiving stance has changed.

It is not surprising that even in the matches in which he has the lead, he seems to be falling apart. Even by his own standards, he admitted about his mental lapses and hired Boris Becker specifically to address this issue this year.
What is more interesting is that this trend only seems to be there in Grand Slams big stages? During the other tournaments, he is pretty much the invincible Djokovic of 2011.
 
I really suspect and this might be a speculation but this all started during last year French Open - when at 4-3 and deuce in the fifth he had a simple volley on top of the net, but was so eager that he could not stop himself running into the cord before the ball had bounced twice, therefore losing the point.

Had he won the point, the outcome could have been totally different and as it happened, Rafael Nadal went on to win probably the most important match of Djokovic’s career as the victory denied Djokovic the golden opportunity of achieving his Career Grand Slam.

And since that crucial point in French Open semifinal in 2012, if we look at Djokovic Grand slam record, it has never been the same. He has gone on to lose matches in grand slams in which he has had lead on his opponents during so many sets. He has not been able to make a strong comeback against Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray since then in grand slams. Not only that he has failed to take any one of them to a five set match whereas just two years back, it was a normal phenomenon. He has lost in the last 3 grand slams finals in which he has played (which in my opinion is complete injustice to the talent that he has) 

So one has to wonder what is wrong with him really?

To me it seems the French Open net cord point still seems to subconsciously affect him in crunch situations…He has yet not been able to shrug it off completely as one would think.


That net cord is the difference why Djokovic does not have a career grand slam in his list of accomplishments – something that has been achieved by only a handful of players in tennis history so far.

It has now resulted into Djokovic giving up leads in sets, not only that he plays cautiously during the crunch moments and feels the pressure to such an extent that he committed a double fault at match point during French Open finals this year. Yes, the fan shouted in between the serve motion but then athletes are trained to handle such distractions. Do you think the 2011 Djokovic wouldn’t have handled it? 

 So what can he really do to overcome this recurrence of events in his life? Any thoughts..

 I will be back with my views tomorrow with PART II where in I will write down my thoughts on how Djokovic can overcome this….

In 2012 just before Australian Open, I wrote on how Nadal can overcome his mental barrier against Djokovic consecutive 6 losses and we all know what happened after that… here is the link: http://healthnsports4u.blogspot.com/2011/08/not-tennis-anymore-its-officially_23.html

Who knows this time it may be Djokovic’s time for a turnaround ;)

Stay tuned!(For updates, you can follow my Facebook Page or Twitter Account) 
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can contact me at apekshaha@gmail.com
 
 

The Journey from Mental Toughness to Mental Lapses - What is wrong with Novak Djokovic? ( Part I)

 
Just 3 years back, nothing could go wrong with Novak Djokovic whose historic 70-6 record in 2011 was considered as amongst the best ever in tennis history. Not only this, his comeback wins from match points down had given him a nickname of Rasputin of tennis – the player who refuses to die. 

The world was just perfect for Novak Djokovic. Nothing could go wrong it seems and then suddenly a wave of transformation hit him. All of a sudden, from the Rasputin of tennis, he has now become one of the most vulnerable tennis players when it comes to crunch situations.

More often than not, there seems to be a hollow look in his eyes during the matches when he is in the latter stages of the matches. You could see a line of doubt in his eyes and as a fan you know that he is going to falter sooner than later. The fiery wide eyes which used to be a common sight earlier on in 2011, has been replaced with a slightly dejected look, not to mention even his receiving stance has changed.

It is not surprising that even in the matches in which he has the lead, he seems to be falling apart. Even by his own standards, he admitted about his mental lapses and hired Boris Becker specifically to address this issue this year.
What is more interesting is that this trend only seems to be there in Grand Slams big stages? During the other tournaments, he is pretty much the invincible Djokovic of 2011.
 
I really suspect and this might be a speculation but this all started during last year French Open - when at 4-3 and deuce in the fifth he had a simple volley on top of the net, but was so eager that he could not stop himself running into the cord before the ball had bounced twice, therefore losing the point.

Had he won the point, the outcome could have been totally different and as it happened, Rafael Nadal went on to win probably the most important match of Djokovic’s career as the victory denied Djokovic the golden opportunity of achieving his Career Grand Slam.

And since that crucial point in French Open semifinal in 2012, if we look at Djokovic Grand slam record, it has never been the same. He has gone on to lose matches in grand slams in which he has had lead on his opponents during so many sets. He has not been able to make a strong comeback against Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray since then in grand slams. Not only that he has failed to take any one of them to a five set match whereas just two years back, it was a normal phenomenon. He has lost in the last 3 grand slams finals in which he has played (which in my opinion is complete injustice to the talent that he has) 

So one has to wonder what is wrong with him really?

To me it seems the French Open net cord point still seems to subconsciously affect him in crunch situations…He has yet not been able to shrug it off completely as one would think.


That net cord is the difference why Djokovic does not have a career grand slam in his list of accomplishments – something that has been achieved by only a handful of players in tennis history so far.

It has now resulted into Djokovic giving up leads in sets, not only that he plays cautiously during the crunch moments and feels the pressure to such an extent that he committed a double fault at match point during French Open finals this year. Yes, the fan shouted in between the serve motion but then athletes are trained to handle such distractions. Do you think the 2011 Djokovic wouldn’t have handled it? 

 So what can he really do to overcome this recurrence of events in his life? Any thoughts..

 I will be back with my views tomorrow with PART II where in I will write down my thoughts on how Djokovic can overcome this….

In 2012 just before Australian Open, I wrote on how Nadal can overcome his mental barrier against Djokovic consecutive 6 losses and we all know what happened after that… here is the link: http://healthnsports4u.blogspot.com/2011/08/not-tennis-anymore-its-officially_23.html

Who knows this time it may be Djokovic’s time for a turnaround ;)

Stay tuned!(For updates, you can follow my Facebook Page or Twitter Account) 
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can contact me at apekshaha@gmail.com
 
 



~ Nobody had defeated a World no. 1 and 2 since Sergi Brugera since 1993.

~ Nobody had ever defeated Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam before.

~ Rarely, anyone has stepped up to win their first GS at the age of 28 in the presence of such  stellar opponents..

So what if you have just lost an epic match in just over five hours just 12 months back?

So what nobody predicted you to ever win a GS in the shadows of one of the greatest players in the history of tennis.

So what, you were ranked World No.8 and the Big 4 in tennis has won 34 out of the last 35 tournaments.

So what nobody in their dreams every predicted that you have the talent and ability to win a GS.

But then have you ever heard:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

If you haven't, then you should seriously look at a man named Stan Wawrinka who has a tattoo on his hand which says Fail Better.

Stan Wawrinka is the player who has defied everyone today to win his first grandslam at the age of 28, defeating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the first time in the same Grand Slam.

Stan Wawrinka is the man who stepped out of the shadows of his fellow Swiss player Roger Federer, winner of 17 GS to finally define his own glory moment by winning Australian Open for the first time.

Stan Wawrinka is the man who just 12 months back had cried his heart out after losing an epic battle against Novak Djokovic in a match which Stan should have won.

Stan Wawrinka is the man who had lost to Rafael Nadal 12 straight times before finally emerging as winner in the 13th time.

In the entire Australian Open, if there is any player who deserved to win today was Stan Wawarinka. He is the iron man who will now move on to World No. 3 ranking for the first time in his life and what a well-deserved ranking it is for him.

To have defeated the best two players,  and not to mention players who in the history are already booked down amongst the greatest, is a feat which is worthy of unlimited praises.

Take a bow to a player who has suffered so much of pain, losses and lived in the shadow of his peers. He has achieved what anyone before the start of the tournament had thought impossible.

But then they say that
"Disappointment should always be taken as a stimulant, and never viewed as a discouragement."

 It is something to look upon to and learn from it to become the best in your field. And the opponent that Stan played against today, Rafael Nadal is the best example of the above quote. Inspite of an injury after first set and three games, he continued to play the match when he could have easily hung up his racquet. Not to mention, Nadal is the same player who was defeated 7 straight times by Novak Djokovic in 2011/2012 before he turned the tables around to win the next six matches out of nine they have played together till now.

But today it is not about Rafa, it is about a player who played his heart out to defy everyone and conquered the Mount Everest in his life.

How many of us would have actually gone and done what Stan has done today? We can look in life and see that there are handful of examples only of mental caliber of Stan Wawarinka who has shown such steely resolve in the times of adversity. If something we have to take out of today's match, it will be just one lesson:

Failures should never make you fall down because success comes from experience and experiences come from bad experiences. So whatever the difficulties that you are facing in life, get up and tell yourself in STAN THE MAN style:



Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Roger Federer and The Much Hyped Age Factor



If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]




Try Again,Fail again. Fail better. Stan Wawrinka -The New Iron Man of Tennis




~ Nobody had defeated a World no. 1 and 2 since Sergi Brugera since 1993.

~ Nobody had ever defeated Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam before.

~ Rarely, anyone has stepped up to win their first GS at the age of 28 in the presence of such  stellar opponents..

So what if you have just lost an epic match in just over five hours just 12 months back?

So what nobody predicted you to ever win a GS in the shadows of one of the greatest players in the history of tennis.

So what, you were ranked World No.8 and the Big 4 in tennis has won 34 out of the last 35 tournaments.

So what nobody in their dreams every predicted that you have the talent and ability to win a GS.

But then have you ever heard:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

If you haven't, then you should seriously look at a man named Stan Wawrinka who has a tattoo on his hand which says Fail Better.

Stan Wawrinka is the player who has defied everyone today to win his first grandslam at the age of 28, defeating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the first time in the same Grand Slam.

Stan Wawrinka is the man who stepped out of the shadows of his fellow Swiss player Roger Federer, winner of 17 GS to finally define his own glory moment by winning Australian Open for the first time.

Stan Wawrinka is the man who just 12 months back had cried his heart out after losing an epic battle against Novak Djokovic in a match which Stan should have won.

Stan Wawrinka is the man who had lost to Rafael Nadal 12 straight times before finally emerging as winner in the 13th time.

In the entire Australian Open, if there is any player who deserved to win today was Stan Wawarinka. He is the iron man who will now move on to World No. 3 ranking for the first time in his life and what a well-deserved ranking it is for him.

To have defeated the best two players,  and not to mention players who in the history are already booked down amongst the greatest, is a feat which is worthy of unlimited praises.

Take a bow to a player who has suffered so much of pain, losses and lived in the shadow of his peers. He has achieved what anyone before the start of the tournament had thought impossible.

But then they say that
"Disappointment should always be taken as a stimulant, and never viewed as a discouragement."

 It is something to look upon to and learn from it to become the best in your field. And the opponent that Stan played against today, Rafael Nadal is the best example of the above quote. Inspite of an injury after first set and three games, he continued to play the match when he could have easily hung up his racquet. Not to mention, Nadal is the same player who was defeated 7 straight times by Novak Djokovic in 2011/2012 before he turned the tables around to win the next six matches out of nine they have played together till now.

But today it is not about Rafa, it is about a player who played his heart out to defy everyone and conquered the Mount Everest in his life.

How many of us would have actually gone and done what Stan has done today? We can look in life and see that there are handful of examples only of mental caliber of Stan Wawarinka who has shown such steely resolve in the times of adversity. If something we have to take out of today's match, it will be just one lesson:

Failures should never make you fall down because success comes from experience and experiences come from bad experiences. So whatever the difficulties that you are facing in life, get up and tell yourself in STAN THE MAN style:



Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Roger Federer and The Much Hyped Age Factor



If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]








"How can someone who should be double break down in a set goes on to save 3 BP on his service again only to win the set 6-4?" If you don't know the answer, just watch the third set of US Open final this year and you will find the answer. Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the greatest fighter tennis has ever seen till date. How can he do what he did, winning US Open 2013 emphatically?  Here is the answer..

"Endurance - That’s a big word. Keep going physically, never letting up and putting up with everything that comes your way, not allowing the good or the bad , the ups and downs, good luck or bad luck - to put you off track.  - Rafa Nadal wrote in his autobiography Rafa on the definition of endurance.

Many people have always wondered and been amazed at the brilliant comeback of Rafael Nadal after a seven month layoff. Historically when players have been away from their sport for so long, their comeback has often been marred with lapses of form and lack of ability to reach back to the top.

It becomes even more important in case of Nadal who is currently competing in the toughest era in tennis esp. with the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Still the seven month absence didn't even put a speck on his performance, if anything he has bounced back with even more fierceness and determination to succeed.

His record speaks for itself and apart from winning French Open title 8th time in his career, he has also emerged as the best hard court player this year with a 21-0 win loss record. I was myself amazed and left in disbelief at what he has accomplished until…. I read RAFA, his autobiography and that was the time when it became clear to me why Nadal has comeback the way he has.



For people who haven't read it, it's a book full of wisdom and inspiration for mortal tennis fans like me,  depicting in his own words the reasons for  his success. To me, more than that, it is a recipe handed to us to ensure that if we do want to succeed in our lives, we can use it blindly and be rest assured that we will reach the top.

So what is the recipe:

Concentration and Discipline are the key ingredients of his recipe.

Rafa emphasizes that you have to ensure that you don't lose concentration at any time
as losing concentration in his case would mean that he would not be able to do continuously what he knows will enable him to reach the top.eg: hitting every shot to Federer's backhand or   never even once erring from his routine during the seven months of layoff.

 "Being concentrated means that you have to keep doing what you know you will have to do to succeed , never changing your plan because of any ups or downs, unless in exceptional circumstances which means to spring a surprise. " - Rafael Nadal

Second most important ingredient is discipline which enables you to fight off the temptations and frustration which might arise at various moments in life. During his layoff, People started talking about a possible doping ban on him or his supposed fear of losing on a hard-court being the main reason for backing out of Australian Open. He could have been deterred but he chose to focus on what he knows best : Hard work and discipline . Wasn't it tempting for him to return in Australian open 2013 to silence all his critics? Yes, but still he chose to not be rash in his decision and took his time to come back when he was fully sure of his knees and knew that he can win again.

"Even though it might seem like a chance to put the pressure on and seize the initiative, continue doing what is best in the long run. Endurance means disciplines, it means holding back the temptation in life to go for broke. Fighting that temptation means keeping your impatience or frustration in check." - Rafael Nadal

Reading his book ( although I am still reading it) has given me an insight which seems simple but yet the most effective weapon that we can have in our arsenal. The beautiful way Rafa has described endurance and it's key ingredients ( Concentration and Discipline) is well worth the effort for anyone to apply in their life. It's a simple plan for Rafa and for us to succeed in life but we are always on the lookout for complicated, failing to realize that complicated plans never work. It's often the simple ones which leads you to success. To end this article,


"You have to  be centered, no distractions, do what you have to do in each moment. Be alert, Be patient and don't be rash." - Rafael Nadal

Also:

Rafael Nadal - The Momentum Rider


Without a Leg - Handicapped or Empowered?


These stories are shared on this blog to inspire you to follow your goals/dreams. If you have a dream and you never want to quit, Join this blog (or follow our Facebook /Google+/Twitter ) page. Always remember before you quit, think about why you started.



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Rafael Nadal's Secret behind His Successful Comeback





"How can someone who should be double break down in a set goes on to save 3 BP on his service again only to win the set 6-4?" If you don't know the answer, just watch the third set of US Open final this year and you will find the answer. Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the greatest fighter tennis has ever seen till date. How can he do what he did, winning US Open 2013 emphatically?  Here is the answer..

"Endurance - That’s a big word. Keep going physically, never letting up and putting up with everything that comes your way, not allowing the good or the bad , the ups and downs, good luck or bad luck - to put you off track.  - Rafa Nadal wrote in his autobiography Rafa on the definition of endurance.

Many people have always wondered and been amazed at the brilliant comeback of Rafael Nadal after a seven month layoff. Historically when players have been away from their sport for so long, their comeback has often been marred with lapses of form and lack of ability to reach back to the top.

It becomes even more important in case of Nadal who is currently competing in the toughest era in tennis esp. with the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Still the seven month absence didn't even put a speck on his performance, if anything he has bounced back with even more fierceness and determination to succeed.

His record speaks for itself and apart from winning French Open title 8th time in his career, he has also emerged as the best hard court player this year with a 21-0 win loss record. I was myself amazed and left in disbelief at what he has accomplished until…. I read RAFA, his autobiography and that was the time when it became clear to me why Nadal has comeback the way he has.



For people who haven't read it, it's a book full of wisdom and inspiration for mortal tennis fans like me,  depicting in his own words the reasons for  his success. To me, more than that, it is a recipe handed to us to ensure that if we do want to succeed in our lives, we can use it blindly and be rest assured that we will reach the top.

So what is the recipe:

Concentration and Discipline are the key ingredients of his recipe.

Rafa emphasizes that you have to ensure that you don't lose concentration at any time
as losing concentration in his case would mean that he would not be able to do continuously what he knows will enable him to reach the top.eg: hitting every shot to Federer's backhand or   never even once erring from his routine during the seven months of layoff.

 "Being concentrated means that you have to keep doing what you know you will have to do to succeed , never changing your plan because of any ups or downs, unless in exceptional circumstances which means to spring a surprise. " - Rafael Nadal

Second most important ingredient is discipline which enables you to fight off the temptations and frustration which might arise at various moments in life. During his layoff, People started talking about a possible doping ban on him or his supposed fear of losing on a hard-court being the main reason for backing out of Australian Open. He could have been deterred but he chose to focus on what he knows best : Hard work and discipline . Wasn't it tempting for him to return in Australian open 2013 to silence all his critics? Yes, but still he chose to not be rash in his decision and took his time to come back when he was fully sure of his knees and knew that he can win again.

"Even though it might seem like a chance to put the pressure on and seize the initiative, continue doing what is best in the long run. Endurance means disciplines, it means holding back the temptation in life to go for broke. Fighting that temptation means keeping your impatience or frustration in check." - Rafael Nadal

Reading his book ( although I am still reading it) has given me an insight which seems simple but yet the most effective weapon that we can have in our arsenal. The beautiful way Rafa has described endurance and it's key ingredients ( Concentration and Discipline) is well worth the effort for anyone to apply in their life. It's a simple plan for Rafa and for us to succeed in life but we are always on the lookout for complicated, failing to realize that complicated plans never work. It's often the simple ones which leads you to success. To end this article,


"You have to  be centered, no distractions, do what you have to do in each moment. Be alert, Be patient and don't be rash." - Rafael Nadal

Also:

Rafael Nadal - The Momentum Rider


Without a Leg - Handicapped or Empowered?


These stories are shared on this blog to inspire you to follow your goals/dreams. If you have a dream and you never want to quit, Join this blog (or follow our Facebook /Google+/Twitter ) page. Always remember before you quit, think about why you started.



Your comments are welcome and you can mail me at [email protected]