How to make sure you're ready to play a final?
Written by Gregory Berge on July 16th 2018
Yesterday, France won the 2018 Soccer World Cup organized in Russia.

In sports, there are many examples where a team or an athlete is the favorite, doesn’t play that well…but still wins…or loses, surprisingly.

Yesterday, after 30 minutes of play, France had scored 2 goals without leading a single offense and without even being able to shoot the ball. Indeed, they had a free kick, and one Croatian scored in his own goal. Minutes later, France shot a corner kick. A Croatian touched the ball with his hand and the referre called it a penalty kick.
 
After 60 minutes of play, France lead 4-1 after shooting the ball only 5 times. Croatia had 61% of ball possession and I believe, a better mindset...but they lost

France won because they’re more talented, more opportunistic, more realistic and maybe more athletic.

In sports, a great mindset doesn’t guarantee any victory. But if you have a great mindset, you will either win or be in peace with your loss because you gave your best. 

If you don’t have the right mindset, you will either win or be disappointed because you didn’t play well.

A few hours before yesterday’s game, I said to my family, “It will be interesting to see France’s mindset". 

In 1998, France won against Brazil. But you know what?

It's super easy to be motivated and ready to die when you play versus a genius team like the Brazil soccer team. 
It’s easy because you know that your only chance to win is to give your best effort and to play your best game. 

Mindset wise, it’s easy to play against a great team. Its reputation make you want to going to give your all. 

But what is your mindset when you play against a supposedly less talented team like Croatia?
What is your mindset when you are the favorite and when you supposedly can win without giving your ultimate best? 

This kind of game is a trap. In sports, it’s complicated to be 75% agressive. You’re either more or less agressive than the opponent. There is no percentage. It’s either “agressive” or “not agressive”.

The key to win a Final or, to be in peace with your loss, is to play it as if you were facing your toughest opponent. 

When France plays the All-Blacks in rugby, there are usually only two results possible.
One, France wins because they played amazing.
Two, France lost because the All-Blacks are just too great. 
Against New-Zealand, France never loses because they suck.

How do you play a Final? How do you make sure you're ready to play a final?

You play it as if you were going to face your toughest and most feared opponent, against Federer in tennis, against Brazil in soccer, against Brownlee in triathlon, against the USA in basketball, against Phelps in swimming…

If you play a Final tomorrow, don’t worry about the actual name of your opponent, only picture yourself playing against your toughest opponent. Picture yourself giving the same effort you would give playing against your toughest opponent. You will automatically be 100% motivated and agressive.

If this mind trick is not enough, picture your toughest opponent tell the media the day before the race or the game that you’re a pussy and that you’re weak. Imagine your toughest opponent having a drink with some of your other competitors and talking trash about you.

Your intensity will automatically be in the right zone. Intensity doesn't guarantee any result, but intensity usually yields beautiful things.

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 mindset/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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How to make sure you're ready to play a final?
Written by Gregory Berge on July 16th 2018
Yesterday, France won the 2018 Soccer World Cup organized in Russia.

In sports, there are many examples where a team or an athlete is the favorite, doesn’t play that well…but still wins…or loses, surprisingly.

Yesterday, after 30 minutes of play, France had scored 2 goals without leading a single offense and without even being able to shoot the ball. Indeed, they had a free kick, and one Croatian scored in his own goal. Minutes later, France shot a corner kick. A Croatian touched the ball with his hand and the referre called it a penalty kick.
 
After 60 minutes of play, France lead 4-1 after shooting the ball only 5 times. Croatia had 61% of ball possession and I believe, a better mindset...but they lost

France won because they’re more talented, more opportunistic, more realistic and maybe more athletic.

In sports, a great mindset doesn’t guarantee any victory. But if you have a great mindset, you will either win or be in peace with your loss because you gave your best. 

If you don’t have the right mindset, you will either win or be disappointed because you didn’t play well.

A few hours before yesterday’s game, I said to my family, “It will be interesting to see France’s mindset". 

In 1998, France won against Brazil. But you know what?

It's super easy to be motivated and ready to die when you play versus a genius team like the Brazil soccer team. 
It’s easy because you know that your only chance to win is to give your best effort and to play your best game. 

Mindset wise, it’s easy to play against a great team. Its reputation make you want to going to give your all. 

But what is your mindset when you play against a supposedly less talented team like Croatia?
What is your mindset when you are the favorite and when you supposedly can win without giving your ultimate best? 

This kind of game is a trap. In sports, it’s complicated to be 75% agressive. You’re either more or less agressive than the opponent. There is no percentage. It’s either “agressive” or “not agressive”.

The key to win a Final or, to be in peace with your loss, is to play it as if you were facing your toughest opponent. 

When France plays the All-Blacks in rugby, there are usually only two results possible.
One, France wins because they played amazing.
Two, France lost because the All-Blacks are just too great. 
Against New-Zealand, France never loses because they suck.

How do you play a Final? How do you make sure you're ready to play a final?

You play it as if you were going to face your toughest and most feared opponent, against Federer in tennis, against Brazil in soccer, against Brownlee in triathlon, against the USA in basketball, against Phelps in swimming…

If you play a Final tomorrow, don’t worry about the actual name of your opponent, only picture yourself playing against your toughest opponent. Picture yourself giving the same effort you would give playing against your toughest opponent. You will automatically be 100% motivated and agressive.

If this mind trick is not enough, picture your toughest opponent tell the media the day before the race or the game that you’re a pussy and that you’re weak. Imagine your toughest opponent having a drink with some of your other competitors and talking trash about you.

Your intensity will automatically be in the right zone. Intensity doesn't guarantee any result, but intensity usually yields beautiful things.

Gregory Berge


4-time college basketball national champion, award-winning medical therapist, European chanpion of motivational speaking and former professional triathlete, Gregory helps athletes perform better and enjoy higher levels of happiness and mental health. 

If you're interested in transforming your athletic career, request a free strategy session today.
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