Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts


What a week it has been for sports fans…

First up: Rafael Nadal who progressed to the third round in Wimbledon 2014 defeated Lukas Rosol after being nearly down by two sets and today again he won the match after being first set down!

Second up: The underdogs (Team USA) who no one (except Jurgen Klinsmann and his 23 players probably) gave even the slightest of the chance to win a match, leave apart advanced through the next round in the group of death in World Cup ’2014.

Third Up: – Roger Federer who will be turning 33 next month, played a sublime match to advance to the next round in Wimbledon’2014.

If you are a sports fan like me, you have to be pumped up after seeing what we saw this week in the world of sports.

In all the 3 matches, the one common theme that came out was how every result depended on the willpower and belief of the players.

If you watched the match between Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol, you have got to wonder how can a player time again and again, come up from being a set down and still win the match. Nadal was not only a set down, he also faced a set point in the second set. But as it always happens, it is Nadal we are talking about here – the man whose nerves are made of steel. He faced the point, won it and then went on to win the set. Very common, right? But when his opponent faces a set point, he succumbs and loses the match.

What is it about Nadal that makes him so tough to beat? The answer lies in the statement that he made after the match: I was just trying to fight. I was waiting for my moment, trying to find my moment.”

For a moment let’s understand his statement very carefully:

“I was just trying to fight” – To me it shows how Rafael Nadal plays point by point and does not get overwhelmed by the situation. To him, it is very clear, he has to fight every single point that he plays. He doesn’t believe in giving gifts to his opponents by making an unforced error and makes sure that the opponent wins by their own brilliance.

Lesson 1: Fight for every point in life or match. No matter what situation you are, give your best without worrying about the consequences. 

“I was waiting for my moment, trying to find my moment.” -  Lukas Rosol was playing brilliantly until the end of the second set and he would have continued to play like this if Nadal would not have persevered on in the second set in spite of being a break down. Like Nadal said, he was waiting for the moment when he would have an advantage and to me that is a clear sign of a winner. As soon he got his first set point at 7-6 in second set tiebreaker, he pounced upon it and closed the set with the next point itself. We all know this isn’t the first time Nadal has done this, we can all ask Roger Federer about it... 

Lesson 2: There are going to be situations in matches or life when things will not go in your favor, hang on there and wait for your moments.  Believe it or not, after a certain point you will get a small window of opportunity and if you are alert, you will seize it and leave behind the chances of failure comfortably. 

About the USA match, I will just write one small paragraph (if you want to read in detail, you can click on this link : USA advances in the group of death beating all the odds- A very important lesson to be learnt from Jurgen Klinsmann and the US team! http://bit.ly/1m16hss). I am sure pretty much no one even imagined that USA will advance ahead of Portugal and Ghana in this group of death. Jurgen Klinsmann said after the match:

“Nobody gave them a chance but we took the chance”. The critics had completely ruled them out of having any chances at all of advancing and yet they progressed.

Lesson 3: No matter what the people say about your chances of success, they have no clue at all about the reality. The reality is only and only defined by YOU. If you think you can, you will. Shut the critics out from your life and focus on your goals, preparation and how you can move forward. 

As far as Roger Federer is concerned, I will be back in my next article after his third round match on Saturday to express, how as a sports fan, what can we learn from this champion? Remember in spite of his age, he continues to fight on against players younger than him by 5-10 years.

So in the end I will end with this statement:

“It doesn’t matter what others think about your chances of success as long as you believe in yourself. Give your 100 percent in every moment, fight it out and even if the going gets tough, hang in there to wait for your moment. When the moment comes, make sure you are ready to pounce upon it with full force.”
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can contact me at [email protected]

If not inspiring, then what?



What a week it has been for sports fans…

First up: Rafael Nadal who progressed to the third round in Wimbledon 2014 defeated Lukas Rosol after being nearly down by two sets and today again he won the match after being first set down!

Second up: The underdogs (Team USA) who no one (except Jurgen Klinsmann and his 23 players probably) gave even the slightest of the chance to win a match, leave apart advanced through the next round in the group of death in World Cup ’2014.

Third Up: – Roger Federer who will be turning 33 next month, played a sublime match to advance to the next round in Wimbledon’2014.

If you are a sports fan like me, you have to be pumped up after seeing what we saw this week in the world of sports.

In all the 3 matches, the one common theme that came out was how every result depended on the willpower and belief of the players.

If you watched the match between Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol, you have got to wonder how can a player time again and again, come up from being a set down and still win the match. Nadal was not only a set down, he also faced a set point in the second set. But as it always happens, it is Nadal we are talking about here – the man whose nerves are made of steel. He faced the point, won it and then went on to win the set. Very common, right? But when his opponent faces a set point, he succumbs and loses the match.

What is it about Nadal that makes him so tough to beat? The answer lies in the statement that he made after the match: I was just trying to fight. I was waiting for my moment, trying to find my moment.”

For a moment let’s understand his statement very carefully:

“I was just trying to fight” – To me it shows how Rafael Nadal plays point by point and does not get overwhelmed by the situation. To him, it is very clear, he has to fight every single point that he plays. He doesn’t believe in giving gifts to his opponents by making an unforced error and makes sure that the opponent wins by their own brilliance.

Lesson 1: Fight for every point in life or match. No matter what situation you are, give your best without worrying about the consequences. 

“I was waiting for my moment, trying to find my moment.” -  Lukas Rosol was playing brilliantly until the end of the second set and he would have continued to play like this if Nadal would not have persevered on in the second set in spite of being a break down. Like Nadal said, he was waiting for the moment when he would have an advantage and to me that is a clear sign of a winner. As soon he got his first set point at 7-6 in second set tiebreaker, he pounced upon it and closed the set with the next point itself. We all know this isn’t the first time Nadal has done this, we can all ask Roger Federer about it... 

Lesson 2: There are going to be situations in matches or life when things will not go in your favor, hang on there and wait for your moments.  Believe it or not, after a certain point you will get a small window of opportunity and if you are alert, you will seize it and leave behind the chances of failure comfortably. 

About the USA match, I will just write one small paragraph (if you want to read in detail, you can click on this link : USA advances in the group of death beating all the odds- A very important lesson to be learnt from Jurgen Klinsmann and the US team! http://bit.ly/1m16hss). I am sure pretty much no one even imagined that USA will advance ahead of Portugal and Ghana in this group of death. Jurgen Klinsmann said after the match:

“Nobody gave them a chance but we took the chance”. The critics had completely ruled them out of having any chances at all of advancing and yet they progressed.

Lesson 3: No matter what the people say about your chances of success, they have no clue at all about the reality. The reality is only and only defined by YOU. If you think you can, you will. Shut the critics out from your life and focus on your goals, preparation and how you can move forward. 

As far as Roger Federer is concerned, I will be back in my next article after his third round match on Saturday to express, how as a sports fan, what can we learn from this champion? Remember in spite of his age, he continues to fight on against players younger than him by 5-10 years.

So in the end I will end with this statement:

“It doesn’t matter what others think about your chances of success as long as you believe in yourself. Give your 100 percent in every moment, fight it out and even if the going gets tough, hang in there to wait for your moment. When the moment comes, make sure you are ready to pounce upon it with full force.”
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can contact me at [email protected]


Inspite of losing the game against the mighty Germans 0-1, USA has advanced to round of  16. There is a saying:
"It is not the mountains created by other that we have to climb, it is ourselves that we have to conquer”.
before explaining the above line, let me ask one simple question before we go ahead. Why do you think people succeed?
If we were to take general opinion, most of the answers will fall in the category of
1)      Genius/Talented
2)      Luck
3)      Destiny
4)      Hard Work
But very few people will say what I believe is the biggest reason for anyone to succeed or for that matter, anyone to be happy in their lives – Will Power to conquer our own mind!
And today USA just proved that in the group of death when out of the blue, they became the second team to qualify for the round of 16 ahead of Ghana and Portugal. Nobody, not even a single person believed them except probably the 23 players and their coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Who would have thought that USA will proceed ahead but they still did?
That is why I have always said that no matter what everyone thinks about your chances in life, if you believe in yourself, then you are bound to succeed sooner than later.
As per Jurgen Klinsmann – “Everybody said we had no chance but we took that chance”
What an inspiring win by Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and their team….
If you are a USA fan and even if you are not, think about it what you can learn from this win. Yes you can celebrate but if you want to take it a level ahead: tell yourself today that if you are like USA team in your life, you will turn it around the way USA did in World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

First Costa Rica and now USA, simply inspiring results even for sports fans!
In the end I will again end with this quote:
 “It is not the mountains created by other that we have to climb, it is ourselves that we have to conquer”.

Stay tuned!(For updates, you can follow my Facebook Page or Twitter Account) 
If you have any comments, you can mail me at [email protected]

USA advances in the group of death beating all the odds- A very important lesson to be learnt from Jusrgen Klinsmann and the US team!



Inspite of losing the game against the mighty Germans 0-1, USA has advanced to round of  16. There is a saying:
"It is not the mountains created by other that we have to climb, it is ourselves that we have to conquer”.
before explaining the above line, let me ask one simple question before we go ahead. Why do you think people succeed?
If we were to take general opinion, most of the answers will fall in the category of
1)      Genius/Talented
2)      Luck
3)      Destiny
4)      Hard Work
But very few people will say what I believe is the biggest reason for anyone to succeed or for that matter, anyone to be happy in their lives – Will Power to conquer our own mind!
And today USA just proved that in the group of death when out of the blue, they became the second team to qualify for the round of 16 ahead of Ghana and Portugal. Nobody, not even a single person believed them except probably the 23 players and their coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Who would have thought that USA will proceed ahead but they still did?
That is why I have always said that no matter what everyone thinks about your chances in life, if you believe in yourself, then you are bound to succeed sooner than later.
As per Jurgen Klinsmann – “Everybody said we had no chance but we took that chance”
What an inspiring win by Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and their team….
If you are a USA fan and even if you are not, think about it what you can learn from this win. Yes you can celebrate but if you want to take it a level ahead: tell yourself today that if you are like USA team in your life, you will turn it around the way USA did in World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

First Costa Rica and now USA, simply inspiring results even for sports fans!
In the end I will again end with this quote:
 “It is not the mountains created by other that we have to climb, it is ourselves that we have to conquer”.

Stay tuned!(For updates, you can follow my Facebook Page or Twitter Account) 
If you have any comments, you can mail me at [email protected]
 
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
 
 


Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!

Lessons from the Underdogs in World Cup Football' 2014: The rise of Costa Rica



Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!