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Tip of the Month- Learn to Act


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I bet most of you don’t know that I almost quit my career just four years into it! I was ready to put my racquet down and walk away … FOR REAL! I was struggling with constantly losing and feeling like a failure.  

The 1988 US Open was the turning point of my career. It was the turning point, not because I won my first Grand Slam, but because it was during that US Open that I came to the realization that tennis is much more of a mental game than it is a game of skill.  As most of you know, I have been teaching recreational players for the past 8 years. I have met some amazing people and some fans have become friends. During this time, I have been listening to what you have to say. I have listened to your match analysis, your moods, your tones, your feelings and comments on and off the court. If you have listened to me talk about the Mental Game in the lectures that I give when I conduct The Gigi Method clinics at a clubs, or ever had a conversation with me about the mental game, you might have noticed that I was probably smiling when you were talking to me. I was not laughing at you… I smile because when I hear my students narrate their explanations of why they lost a match, or how they won but they did it in 3 sets when it should have been in 2 sets, it brings me back to when I almost quit my career. If I had not learned the lesson that Dr. Jim Loehr taught me at that 1988 US Open, my career would have probably been over at the end of that year.

Instead, I won the 1988 US Open and went on a 10 year journey of discovery where I learned to master my mind and had complete mental dominance over it. I controlled my mind and thoughts, IT didn’t control me and I can assure you that YOU can too. 

In the video below, I referenced  The Road Map to Mental Dominance.  I am excited to share with you that for the past six months, I have been working on this new project because SO MANY of you struggle with this aspect of the game. It is great to learn positioning, court coverage, shot selection and all the things I cover in The Gigi Method Doubles instructional program, but what good is that if when you step on the court your mind sabotages you and you can’t play to your ability? In The Road Map to Mental Dominance, I cover the 7 Pillars to Mental Dominance and in the video below I am talking about one of the ten elements in the mental tool kit that comprises the 7th Pillar of Mental Dominance. 

I am in the middle of producing this program (which is why this Tip didn’t arrive at 8am like it usually does) BUT before I complete it, I want to hear from you. Click on the video and listen to me talk about how Learning to Act helped me with the 1988 US Open and how it can help you. Leave me a comment and let me know what you struggle with the most when it comes to the mental game. I bet many of you have very similar mental challenges. My opponents are annoying, my partner talks to much, they gave us a bad call, I get tight and can’t play, I stress on break point, and I double fault… the list is endless and I want to hear it all.  Please comment and share with me so I can make sure to answer as many of your questions as possible. 

I look forward to reading your comments.

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