Novak “DJ” Djokovic “Nole” – ATP Tennis Star on Mental Confidence – “Leverage Your Mind”

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Have you ever been The Outsider? When everyone seems to be rooting for The Other Guy? Stacked against you, and you’re in need of a Competition Edge?

I Love how Novak Djokovic (#1 Tennis Player in the World – 5 years), uses “Mental Leverage” (my words for using every practical technique to leverage your mental power to your advantage). Here it was to convert hostile environments into Positive Mindset edge – to overcome.

Novak Djokovic has been described as: “The most Mentally Tough athlete – one of the Greatest Minds of Tennis history. His ability to interpret thoughts into actions – to reap the rewards – is something only few can dream to achieve. Athletes with talent often failed to succeed on this part – but Novak the stoic Mental Warrior – is on a Different Plane to achieve Success.”

On this “Beyond the Baseline” Podcast, host “Jon Wertheim” talks with professional tennis player and commentator “Robbie Koenig” to discuss lessons learned from Wimbledon with what makes Novak Djokovic so great.

Jon: “What did you learn about Novak Djokovic?”

Robbie: “I learned that it’s going to be very difficult to beat him. It wasn’t the best Novak that we’ve seen. Of course, you’ve got to take into consideration who’s on the other side of the net and that it’s Federer’s favorite surface. But, the fact that Novak can still Win not playing his best.

He is so clutch Mentally. It showed us how Strong he is Mentally. It was really an Affirmation of everything Novak is All About. The ability for the last decade to be the Dominant Force, whether he’s playing well or not, against two of the greatest players to ever play the game.

Mentally, we learned a lot about him in this Post-Match press conference. He spoke about Visualization and how, In His Mind, he turned everything around when the chants were For Roger’s name. He Visualizes it and heard it [in his mind] being his “Novak’s” name. And of course everybody in the press room Laughed — Not Novak Though. Because he knows how important that was to his success and he knows how important it is to be Strong Mentally. He works on it on a Daily Basis. In a lot of sports, athletes think about the importance of being Tough Mentally. But how many athletes Actually Practice Visualization and Mental Training on a Daily Basis?”

Jon: “He spoke about Visualization and Self-Actualization, and Peace and Love Phase, and everybody sort of giggled. Sports and psychology as an overlap still has a Ways To Go. Novak is showing — that is a Concrete Example. Novak’s legacy is going to be that he has not just taken the Stigma off of all of the Mental and the Spiritual Component to Sports, the results speak for themselves. I mean you giggle all you want about it. And I think that he gave that Concrete Example right here of hearing the crowd cheering For Him when you and I both know it was probably 95.5% for The Other Guy. I think this is really significant, not just in his career, but I think this is gonna be one of his Real Legacies. Novak did not re-invent tennis, he didn’t serve differently. He’s not like Nadal, who brought a completely different geometry and sensibility to the sport. But I think this whole business of Mental Strength is going to be really part of Novak his Tennis Legacy.

Robbie: “True, true. Sports psychology books talk about it as the principle of Universal Energy. And you know Novak talks about energy. And he is able to Connect with that. Novak doesn’t like to do anything in a gym. Little time as possible. He likes to be outdoors. He likes to do a lot of running without shoes on feel the earth beneath his feet.

Novak does everything that he possibly can to embrace and connect with The Power that he that he and many psychologists call Universal Energy. When you’ve got somebody who is so Dedicated to Mental Training — and we all speak about it, but he actually Does It — I’m not surprised that he gets The Results that he gets. Some people might call it luck. Call it whatever you want surviving these match points, but he’s got lucky too often for it to Be Luck!”

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