Mindset sees Djokovic through

by Andy on July 12, 2015

Amidst all the superlatives around Djokovic’s victory today over Roger Federer, we can pick out the learning points for high performance under pressure.

After losing the second set to Roger Federer, having had several chances to win it, it would have even all too easy for Novak Djokovic to dwell on how unfair it all was, what might have been and ‘why oh why did I not take one of those set points?’

But instead, as the BBC summariser said, he stayed on task, focused on would he could control and started the third set by breaking the Federer serve.  It was mindset and control of attention of the highest order, which he maintained through the match.

Of course, it’s not the only reason he and Federer consistently achieve so much under such extreme pressure. They both have the structures in place, the diet, the training regimes, the support teams and so on, that got them to this lofty level. And of course they have the skills in abundance. But when it came down to it, the tiny difference that nudged Djokovic to victory was that mindset: determined, hungry for victory and above all, staying on task.

We can learn a lot from these top performers and apply it to what we do week in week out. To find out how we at Gazing Performance Systems can help you and your team perform under pressure, please do get in touch.

 

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