All of us senior hackers feel it sometime – even the top touring pros feel it – PRESSURE can impact your performance; so what can you do about it?
Billie Jean King Says…
“Pressure is a privilege” says all-time great Billie Jean King. I think what she means by that is … if you are a tennis player (especially us seniors) and can find yourself in a “pressure situation,” that means you are doing something good! You are out there trying. You are out there succeeding well enough to put yourself in a challenging situation.
So, enjoy your success.
And if you don’t, remember what Truman Capote said: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Hero vs. Deserter
When I was a young lieutenant in the army and stationed in Korea in 1968, I had a veteran master sergeant “working for me.” He was close to retirement and wasn’t working too hard; so I didn’t think too much of him… until one day when we had to put on our dress uniforms with all our service medals.
I looked at his chest full of combat medals and said, “Sergeant, you are a hero!” He looked up at me and said, “Sir, the only difference between me and the guy they put in the brig for desertion was the way we were facing on the hill when we panicked. I was facing UP, so I ran up the hill.”
Our lesson: your reaction to pressure on the tennis court is what you do with it. Use it to your advantage.
“Fearless Tennis” guru Jeff Greenwald suggests: when you are in a tight situation on the tennis court do two things… breathe deeply to relax and SMILE. Both actions will help relax you (and perhaps drive your opponent a little crazy!).
What are your techniques for handling pressure?
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