At The Table Tennis World Championships
Written by Gregory Berge on Sept. 30th 2018
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” 

If you want to make crazy improvements in terms of self-talk, don't hesitate for another second. Click the button below to learn more about Gold Medal Mindset 2019, my signature online course.
In the minutes that followed, the Japanese player kept on losing points. My wife was still “reacting” to what was happening. 

But me, I wasn’t. 

With my new self-talk, I was now “dictating”.  

Never mind what was happening, win or lose, I was telling my wife, “We’re ready to win the next point”.

Instead of reacting to some adversity, instead of letting a mistake influence my emotional state, I was now dictating how I wanted to feel.

Can you feel the difference between reacting and dictating?

Do you usually react? Do you usually dictate?

Do you let outside things (and people) decide what emotions you should feel?

Do you decide yourself how you want to feel, and stick to it?

If your emotional state doesn’t allow you to perform at your best, if you are nervous, angry or afraid, try to identify what is your disempowering self-talk and change it. Find another one that will be energizing.

Think about a very basic challenge that you face in your sport (a flat tire, a muscle cramp, a referee not making a call…).

What is the first thing you tell yourself when that happens?

Do you react and say “F***”?"

Do you dictate how you want to feel and say “I am ready to ____the next_______”?

Yes, there are days to be critical but today is a day to be your number #1 fan.
Have a glorious day,

Gregory Berge


4-time college basketball national champion, award-winning medical therapist, European champion of motivational speaking and former professional triathlete, Gregory Berge is a mental/emotional intelligence and performance coach who helps athletes perform better and enjoy higher levels of happiness and inner-peace.
If you're interested in transforming your athletic career and tired of feeling the pain of losses, injuries, anxiety and setbacks then definitely reach out and request a free strategy session today.
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At The Table Tennis World Championships
Written by Gregory Berge on Sept. 30th 2018
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” 

If you want to make crazy improvements in terms of self-talk, don't hesitate for another second. Click the button below to learn more about Gold Medal Mindset 2019, my signature online course.
In the minutes that followed, the Japanese player kept on losing points. My wife was still “reacting” to what was happening. 

But me, I wasn’t. 

With my new self-talk, I was now “dictating”.  

Never mind what was happening, win or lose, I was telling my wife, “We’re ready to win the next point”.

Instead of reacting to some adversity, instead of letting a mistake influence my emotional state, I was now dictating how I wanted to feel.

Can you feel the difference between reacting and dictating?

Do you usually react? Do you usually dictate?

Do you let outside things (and people) decide what emotions you should feel?

Do you decide yourself how you want to feel, and stick to it?

If your emotional state doesn’t allow you to perform at your best, if you are nervous, angry or afraid, try to identify what is your disempowering self-talk and change it. Find another one that will be energizing.

Think about a very basic challenge that you face in your sport (a flat tire, a muscle cramp, a referee not making a call…).

What is the first thing you tell yourself when that happens?

Do you react and say “F***”?"

Do you dictate how you want to feel and say “I am ready to ____the next_______”?

Yes, there are days to be critical but today is a day to be your number #1 fan.

Have a glorious day,

Gregory Berge


4-time college basketball national champion, award-winning medical therapist, European champion of motivational speaking and former professional triathlete, Gregory Berge is a mental/emotional intelligence and performance coach who helps athletes perform better and enjoy higher levels of happiness and inner-peace.
If you're interested in transforming your athletic career and tired of feeling the pain of losses, injuries, anxiety and setbacks then definitely reach out and request a free strategy session today.
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