Whether I’m watching Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Cole Hamels or Michael Vick, I notice how they do what they do – the mechanical and mental aspects of their performance.
An important lesson – one many of us can learn from – is the resilience of those at the top of their game. They have an amazing capacity to quickly recover from the disappointment and frustration of mistakes. The best don’t wallow in negative reactions or allow that I-can’t-believe-how-badly-I-messed-up feeling to last for long. They take the lesson from a mistake, let it go and move on.
We all have the capacity to recover quickly. Making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process and breaking into new ground. Many of us have been programmed to believe that every time things don’t go as planned there must be huge consequences. We must pay a hefty price. Not necessarily so. The first step for recovering quickly is to forgive yourself, correct your course and immediately start moving in the new direction. Doing so will not just advance your growth, it will cut down your stress and anxiety.
The next time you hit one out of bounds, make a string of unforced errors or have a mental lapse, make the conscious choice to focus on recovering quickly. Let go of self-criticism and immediately turn your attention to what you need to do to stay at the top of your game.
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