I was never a really big tennis fan until I went to the US OPEN a few weeks ago...
It was really amazing to see that level of talent compete on the courts....
As somebody who struggles to volley on the park tennis courts, it was truly admirable to see!
Last night, I spent 5hrs. glued to the TV watching the mens finals.... between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev...
Yes, 5HRS. of Competition....
Only short breaks between sets...
No bathroom breaks...
And to watch them compete with higher intensity as the match went on was truly remarkable.
That is what go me thinking.
How many of us are able to compete like that, for that many hours?
How about just staying focused for 1hr.? 2hrs? 3hrs?
Focus today is hard to come by.
Phone calls. You name it.
That is what makes the GREATS.. well, great.
They have an ability to stay focused for the duration of a task.. no matter how long, how grueling.
In the post match interview, Nadal said, " To Win, You have to be prepared to suffer."
Meaning, it is not easy. It never is.
To be great at anything takes tremendous sacrifice..
I was thinking back on players like Derek Jeter...
He stuck to a rigid schedule for 9months per year... and the other 3 months, he was still scheduled tight but had a little more free time.
🎾Training = Scheduled.
🎾Meals = Scheduled.
🎾Work = Scheduled.
🎾Rest = Scheduled.
It is rigid, but how else do you get things done?
Today, when I Coach, many tell me they "just don't have time"... or, " I am not as productive as I used to be..."...
First step to getting them right is giving them structure.
Sounds like quite a few opportunities to get things done!
It all matters.
So what did we learn from Nadal last night?
1. You have to play the full match... every shot matters....
2. You have to be ready to adjust (he was about to win with flying colors in less than 2 hours, then the match changed) - he dug in, recommitted, and got it done.
3. Always be physically and mentally prepared to suffer.... it will never be easy...and you have to approach shot 1-1000 that same way... with intensity and fury. Leave it all on the court....
That is how we should approach our life... everything matters.
🎾Every day matters.
🎾Every thought matters.
🎾Every activity matters.
🎾Every conversation matters.
When you add all that up, well, you have your life.
Now, as we attack our day today, let's make sure we realize our relationship with time matters.. we can not waste it, only maximize it.
COACH DANA CAVALEA