Rafael “Rafa” Nadal – “Mastery Suffering” – Tennis Star of ATP Australian Open

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Hands during the Australian Open of arguably one of the greatest tennis players: Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

What makes Spanish tennis so unique?

Mastery – in sports and in life – The Spanish relish “Suffering.”

“In order for a player to play well they Need to Suffer. We teach our players to Suffer.”

Coach asked of players being willing to suffer: “No, they are Not willing to suffer. They Love to Suffer. They come off the court with clay on their shoes, in socks, and even if they fell down — They’re Happy, knowing they Gave Everything.”

Academy after academy, coach after coach, stress: “Suffering.”

Suffering means Mental Strength, perseverance and fighting spirit.

Part of their culture, all Spanish are expected to Learn to Fight and Never Give Up.

Nadal demonstrates Mental Strength like no other.

Nadal Loves to Suffer.

Trained to be a Fighter.

You may be bigger or stronger, but you know you are in for a Dogfight.

“Whether in practice or a match, the same willingness to Suffer is demanded.”

How do they do it?

Cultural feature. Goya’s art demonstrate Suffering, highlighting the Masochist Mentality to endure High Levels of Suffering.

“They are Not willing to suffer. They Love suffering. They feel Happy, because they know they Gave Everything to Win.”

“What I’m trying to do is make them Think that Everyday they go to that Edge, and the next day they have to go a Bit Farther. As a Fighter.”

Taught to be Fighters, but also to be Humble Sportsmen.

There is Beauty in the Toughness yet Humility and Integrity that typifies this Mentality.

“We force them. Pushing physically and Mentally.”

Players are taught, a fight to the death. That they must never give up, by embracing Suffering.

Suffering then becomes a Way of Life for players, and they have this tremendous Grit that they can Tap into during arduous matches.

Suffering is the simplest term to explain how the players Aspire to be the most Mentally Tough Fighters in the Tournament.

Develop mental benefits of Suffering emphasizing key psychological components:

• Discipline

• Perseverance

• Fighting Spirit

• Concentration

• Pain Tolerance

• Sportsmanship — Respect for Others, Humility, and Teamwork.

This fighting spirit and willingness to suffer are hallmarks of The Mastery Mentality.


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