“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” As a coach for the last fifteen years I couldn’t agree more with that statement. There are mindsets and thought processes that separate the best of the best from the rest of the pack. Hunger, desire, and work ethic are at the top of the list.

Goal setting

Most people fail to set goals when they shoot for improvement. It could be working on your forehand, attaining a ranking of top 5 in your state, or simply winning a set against a player you’ve never beaten before. Setting goals, targets, and then having a plan of action to implement them is obstacle number 1. Regardless of what happens with your goal in the end, success can easily be equated to taking steps in the right direction.

Don’t tell me show me

There are people that make things happen and people that watch things happen. If you really want something, put in the necessary work in to make it happen. Show me focused intensity and I’ll show you results. You can come up with a million reasons why you didn’t succeed, but it probably comes down to one or two legitimate reasons in the end.

Andy Murray workout

Levels of intensity

Ask yourself what your level of intensity is? When you’re in the gym, on the court, or working on strategy, what is your level of engagement and intensity? The level and quality of effort you put into each facet of the game directly affects your results. You need to be fully engaged in everything you do, if you’re eyes are wandering success will be impossible to achieve.

Excuses are your enemy

He/she won, and I lost end of story. That should be your answer at the end of the day. Fatigue, my stroke was off, and I was having a bad day are not part of the equation. Winners find a way to get the job done when they’re not firing on all cylinders. To be a champion, you need to have the heart of a lion and the mind to back up your heart.¬†