First of all, how good are you at table tennis?
We’ve all played. How good are you?
I am really unlucky because in my family, everybody is really
good. Even when I’m on fire, I lose.
But these real World Championships here were in Hungary.
I was watching a ¼ final between a Japanese and a Chinese player. I live in Japan. My wife is Japanese so of course, I was cheering for the Japanese 15-year-old phenom.
At first, I was watching like a fan, like a spectator. I was reacting to what I was seeing on TV. I was reacting.
But at one point, the Japanese player made 2 or 3 mistakes in a row. How did I react?
Spontaneously, like a true basic fan, I said “F***!”
My wife looked at me and laughed because I never curse.
And then, I looked at myself and my “reaction”, and told myself:
“Greg, you are a mindset coach, you’re not supposed to react this way”, “What would be the right way to react here, after 2 or 3 mistakes in a row?”
My answer was to switch my self-talk and start telling myself:
“I am ready to win the next point”
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