Novak + Roger + Rafa use their – “Poker Face”

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Do you have a good “Poker Face” when it comes to intense moments when others can use it as emotional fuel to their fire? In elite performance, The Mental Challenge of containing a “Poker Face” as opponents might be in position to Break You – it is vital that you keep your Composure, because once they know that they have broke you, they may never forget how they broke you and they can now use the same strategy for the rest of their career every time they face you … do not leak energy to the opponent. Composure is Key.

Sports GOATs (Greatest Of All Time) Who Have Aced Their Poker Face…

Rafael Nadal – Spanish tennis pro – #1 in the World – isn’t just a great tennis player, he’s got poker skills, too. On and off the court. With his sponsorship and appearances in the poker industry that turned heads in the gambling direction.

But perhaps the skills learned in poker can help lend itself to his mental game on the court on an entirely different level. For example, Roger Federer was recently mentally coached, “I taught him a ‘Poker Face’ to calm him down. I told him that he did not have to show emotions to others, because he would only be helping his rivals. He slowly learned, it took some time before he realized he needed to be strong mentally.”

Throughout his 14 attempts as a player to win Wimbledon, Ivan Lendl always masked his emotions, “I’ve never showed any emotion, because it can transfer to my opponents.”

A Poker Face in the past, has never been one of Andy Murray’s strengths. He has a habit of showing his frustration – a habit that can have only Encouraged his Opponents at Crucial Moments. But since Lendl came to work with him, Murray has cut out his dramatics.

Murray shared, “you need to show all the guys that even if you’re not playing well you’re going to fight as hard as you can and not show any Signs of Weakness.” Overall, Murray has been far more disciplined in his behavior on the court, and the results have responded.

Murray points out, the top three players in the world just keep grinding out the Titles. Drop your Intensity for a moment, and you risk falling further behind. “With Novak and Roger and also Rafa,” said Murray. “They show that it is possible to Win Every Single Event. You need to go in with that Mindset and just try and get through matches when you’re not playing that well. It’s rare to find a player who is 100 percent fit, but that’s the brutal reality of most elite sports.”

Ivan Lendl’s recipe for success is simple: “keep pedaling away until you have arrived at the front of the peloton. Just don’t show how much you’re hurting on the climbs.”

There are examples of taking pride in not having a single reaction when you play that doesn’t suggest you’ve won the previous point. Imagine your on big courts and you’re pumping your fist to my coach’s box. Be obsessed with self-talk and body language and don’t allow the guys on your team to see One Bit of Frustration – and not that it’s not there often – but you have deal with it internally and convert to positive. Hit and tell yourself something powerful after every stroke – and the Results are that it’s very hard Not to feel Amazing.

You have to master the Positive Exterior – but why athletes that work so hard do things that make it easier for their opponents – be the exception! It’s within your power!

Get your Poker Face on and Ace It in Life!


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