In mid-March, I made my second trip to the BNP Paribas professional tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California.  One thing I was struck by, as I attended each day heading into the championship rounds, was that several of the top players in the world frquently spent time during their match “burning energy” with big, negative emotional reactions to points that didn’t go their way.  In my work with athletes, when an athlete builds personal awareness of the physical impact and cost of “practicing” what I call Emotional Energy Drain,  EED (draining energy and literally feeling more tired and doubtful), then they are increasingly self-motivated to learn methods to prevent falling into this “reactive trap” during competition.  Instead, they learn and diligently practice how to sustain a constant and laser-like focus on the moment-to-moment performance they do want, even when things aren’t going their way.  See some of the articles on my website for beginning to learn specific methods to build Mental and Emotional Self-Management skills.

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