What is mental toughness? Mental toughness as the name implies is the
development of mental skills. You can develop these mental skills by learning
mental principles, concepts, and related knowledge that can be applied to
learning tennis and your match play situations.
Therefore, a good working definition for mental toughness would be:
Mental toughness is the accumulation of valuable information that can be
utilized at the proper time.
Anyone can become mentally tough, whether they are a beginner or an
advanced player. Since the key to mental toughness is thinking and not the
physical skills, a beginner can develop the same mental toughness skills as a
pro. In fact, I know many beginners and intermediate players who have much
better mental skills than advanced players.
On whatever level you play, if you can develop correct mental skills like a
mentally tough pro, your game will improve rapidly. You may or may not have
the physical skills of a top pro, but you can learn to think like a pro.
Where do you find the correct information to develop mental skills and
think like a top pro? Coaches, books, tapes, or trial and error. Yes, there
are many good coaches, good books, and good tapes that can teach you mental
toughness. I recommend you learn from them, but let me tell you what I can
offer you. I have books, tapes, email newsletters, voice mail newsletters, and
a web site all working together to teach you one comprehensive organized
system that can help you learn and develop mental toughness at a much
I am your link to professional thinking. I have been in the
trenches for twenty seven years, teaching thousands of players just like
yourself to develop mental toughness and the necessary savvy about the game of
tennis. I have already done the 'trial and error' method for you! I know
what works and what does not. You can go through years of trial and error and
hope you figure out what the truth is about the game of tennis and about
developing mental toughness, or you can learn from my experience and years of
hands on teaching. I know what I am doing.
Mental Toughness is the accumulation of valuable information that can be
utilized at the proper time. To become mentally tough you must seek out and
learn information that will develop your mental skills. Although many of these
mental skills are logical and make sense, few players choose to utilize them.
There are three reasons why.
- No one has told them
- They cling to incorrect preconceive notions
- Their emotions control their thinking
If you play tennis and you can overcome these three obstacles, you can
dramatically improve your mental toughness and your tennis game. If you are a
beginner, you can improve your ability to learn faster. Let us address these
obstacles one at a time.
No one has told them. Many times players just do not have access to
the correct information about learning tennis, playing tennis, and mental
toughness. As a result they make decisions based on incorrect thinking. I
can remedy that! You can begin by signing up for my free monthly Email
Incorrect preconceived notions. This category of incorrect concepts
Hitting winners, wins matches
Success and failure are opposites
Success is complicated
Acknowledging negatives is negative thinking
Negatives, mistakes, and failures are bad
Mental toughness means you never fail
Mental toughness is being emotionally charged
When you learn the truth about these misconceptions you will be
Emotions controlling their thinking. Most players become
entangled in their emotions when faced with negatives, mistakes, and
failures. They let the emotion control the thinking, instead of the
thinking, with the correct information, control the emotions. Part of mental
toughness is mental control over your emotions that react to
negatives, mistakes, and failures. The Mental Toughness Sphere can help you
here! From these three obstacles the most difficult one to overcome is
emotions controlling the thinking. Incorrect emotion skews the thinking and
causes you to think contrary to the correct way.
Take for instance a phrase I teach when players first come to me. That phrase
is, the next shot is more important than the last mistake. Most players
immediately say "yes, yes, I've got it," but as soon as they
experience negatives, mistakes, and failures, that phrase the next shot is
more important than the last mistake turns into the last mistake is more
important than the next shot! A complete reversal! Correct knowledge is
the solution to all three problems above, including handling your emotions
The Mental Toughness Sphere
To remedy all three obstacles and offset the
control of the emotions over your thinking, I have created the Mental Toughness
Sphere. The conflict most players experience on the tennis court is a conflict
between the Emotions and the Mentality. Below is a diagram of the Mental
Toughness Sphere and its Eight gates.
- The Refocus Technique
- The Relax Technique
- Freedom to go for your Shots
- Orientation to Tennis Reality
- Mastery of Negatives and Positives
- Momentum Confidence
- Match Play Testing
- Mental Toughness
You work your way from gate one (the Refocus Technique) to gate eight (Mental
Toughness) by learning and applying the Knowledge incorporated in
the Mental Toughness Sphere. The Mental Toughness Sphere has an abundance of
tennis knowledge related to developing mental toughness in all spheres of life.
The principles in the sphere are proven and time tested. In fact, over the years
pros have used these principles to develop their own mental toughness. I did
not create these proven and time tested principles.
I did, however, harness the power of these principles by analyzing them,
categorizing them, labeling them, and finally linking them together into one
comprehensive organized thinking system that will enable you to develop mental
You stay in the Mental Toughness Sphere by using the Refocus Technique (gate
one) and not allowing your negatives, mistakes, and failures to control your
thinking. If you stay in the Mental Toughness Sphere your thinking will
control your emotions leading to the correct decision-making process and a
relaxed mental attitude.
You move out of the Mental Toughness Sphere by allowing your negatives,
mistakes, and failures to control your thinking. When you are out of the Mental
Toughness Sphere your emotions will control your thinking leading to an
incorrect decision-making process ending in frustration.
My new book "The Truth about Winning!" is part of the Tennis
Warrior System and discusses in detail how the top pros have developed mental
toughness. Whether beginner or advanced player this book can teach you how
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What the mental skills can
do for you
They say tennis is 70% mental, but the emphasis when you
learn tennis is always placed on the physical skills. Whether you are a beginner
or advanced player you must learn the mental skills. Here is what my system and
the Mental Toughness Sphere can do for you:
Teach you to emulate the thinking of the top pros
Teach you to control your emotions and stay positive in match play
Teach you techniques to stay positive, stay relaxed, and give yourself
the freedom to go for your shots
Teach you to take your negatives, mistakes, and failures and turn them
And ultimately teach you to develop mental toughness and win more!
Whether you are a beginner or a championship player I can help you learn faster,
think quicker, and win more! I have already proven my system thousands of times
and it works.
But, do not take my word for it. Sign up for my free Email Tennis Lessons and
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teach you the inside secrets which took me years to learn. Not only from
the mental aspect, but also the physical game.
Keeping your eye on the ball will not make you hit the center of your
You do not have to stand perfectly balanced on every shot you hit
When your racket turns in your hand it is not because you did not hold on
You do not use your muscles to hit the ball harder
You do not have to do everything technically correct according to
traditional methods taught
The pros do not play according to traditional methods taught
Timing, judgment, and reading the ball are much more important than the
How to develop the mental with the physical when learning any stroke
Mental toughness is a natural result of following simple principles
The eight mental dynamics of repetition
Winners do not win matches.
Are you Shocked! Not exactly what you expected was it? To learn faster,
develop mental toughness quicker, and play better tennis you must clear up many
of these misconceptions.
Mental toughness is the accumulation of valuable information to be
utilized at the proper time.
I have the knowledge and the experience to teach you that valuable information.
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