Too many athletes mistakenly view the competition as the “enemy.” As a consequence, they somehow get it in their head that they have to hate this person or team. Your opponent is NOT the enemy. He/she is your partner. The better they are, the more opportunity you will have to play to your potential. Think about it. How inspired do you get when you have to face a much weaker opponent? You DON’T! In fact, it’s really tough to play well against inferior competition. Getting caught up in angry feelings about an opponent will most often distract you from the correct focus, tighten you up too much and get you performing badly. Don’t waste your energy getting angry with an opponent so you can get “up” for the game. 99 out of 100 times this strategy will backfire and mentally take you out of the contest.


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