Start the week off with the right mindset!
Every Monday we share some key insights from the top players past and present. This week, be like Stan Wawrinka and improve to fail better.
Stan Wawrinka is a talented tennis player known for his all-around game and his massive backhand. He is a three-time grand slam winner and is currently the third-ranked player in the world. He has removed himself from fellow Swiss Roger Federer's shadow and has emerged as tennis star in his own right. How did Wawrinka achieve such high levels of success? Follow these tips and maybe you too can improve to fail better like Wawrinka.
1) He made a decision- At the 2013 Australian Open. Djokovic beat Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 12-10 in an incredible fourth-round match. Although he lost, Wawrinka made a decision before that match or during that he could compete well and even beat the top players. Wawrinka decided that he would have more success against top players in big matches. Although he didn't win, by setting his mind to the task at hand, he almost won and he got the ball rolling towards bigger and better things.
Tip: As a tennis player, or with any other aspect of life, when you have had enough and you make a decision about what you really want, things will start to happen. So decide what you want and go after it.
2) He hired a new coach and focused on improving his weaknesses- Having made the decision that he would achieve more success Wawrinka hired a new coach. Wawrinka hired former ATP pro, Magnus Norman, in April 2013.
Magnus and Stan immediately began working on improving Stan's weaknesses, his forehand, and his mental game. With hard work and patience, they were able to improve Stan's forehand technique and Stan's mentality during the big games and points of the match. Not surprisingly Stan had a breakthrough season in 2013 and went on to win his first grand slam final at the Australian Open in early 2014.
Tip: Set up a system: hire a coach, buy a program, ask for help from a friend. Doesn't matter what you do, just do something that will give you structure and allow you to work on improving your weaknesses. As you improve your weaknesses and solidify your strengths you will move towards your goal.
3) He didn't give up- After having made the decision to pursue more success and hiring a coach, things didn't change for Stan overnight. He had to work hard and he had to be patient. Stan used a famous line by poet Samuel Beckett as his inspiration. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
4 years after having had the famous line tatooed to his arm, Stan Wawrinka has won 3 grand slams and is now number 3 in the world. Who knows, if he keeps improving to fail better, he may have a slam or 2 left in him.
Tip: Never give up. We all have bad days. Keep trying. Figure out what you are doing wrong. Improve it and fail better next time just like Stan.
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