Ready for a mind game? August 1, 2007Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations.
It’s called ‘Mental Tennis’. Apparently, top tennis coaches from around the world use this game to shape up their wards into world-class pros.
This is how the game works. The coach tells the player to play the game mentally. You anticipate your opponent’s game in your mind. You practice the serve, volley and all the other shots in your head, over and over again. You even refine and improve upon them. Mentally, you picture your hands and legs stretching and reaching out to the line – basically you push your body over the limit. You imagine yourself winning and prevailing yourself over the competitor. You visualize yourself doing improbable things – for example a clay court game is not your virtues. But in this mind game, clay court has suddenly become your bastion. It seems that this approach usually works. Mental games make you stronger. They prepare you for success. Your mind, body and soul have already been bought into achieving the inevitable. Confidence is sky-high and so are energy levels. Your limbs move better, your entire body is primed, your mind functions better… even your vision is enhanced. All you have to do is perform, and that now comes naturally to you. Because your mind is prepared.
Apply this mental game of tennis into your daily life. Put it into practice before your next public speaking assignment or work meeting. Try it before you sell an idea to a group of people. Play this game before you work towards your next ambition or goal in life. Hell, use it to even conquer an illness. Trust me, it works. Every time.