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Serena Williams and Roger Federer Have a Secret Strategy…this is it!

Brain Snack #178

Why does an otherwise intelligent species create so many problems for itself?

Let’s go the game played with fuzzy yellow balls for the answer to that riddle.

THE TERM UNFORCED ERROR is an important part of the vocabulary in the world of tennis. Whenever it shows up, it comes bearing gifts…painful ones.

No statistic is more emphasized than unforced errors…largely due to the fact that they are quite often the difference between winning and losing.

An unforced error is best defined as an error in a service or return shot that cannot be attributed to any factor other than poor judgement and execution by the player.

It is entirely a result of the player’s own blunder, and not because of the opponent’s skill or effort.

As the leading outcast and black sheep of the tennis community, unforced errors can initiate a player’s self-destruction and eventual downfall…as these self-imposed mistakes are the Achilles Heel for a player and often lead to a sure loss.

In fact, a large percentage of matches are lost not due to the opponent’s strength…but due to a player’s overwhelming number of unforced errors.

What every great tennis player eventually learns is that you can’t become a dominant opponent until you learn how to limit your unforced errors.

All the great ones have learned this lesson to include to include Roger Federer, Serena Williams, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova.

Limiting unforced errors requires that you bring greater maturity, respect and discipline to your game, changing how you approach certain shots, limiting or eliminating any behavior that stands between you and the unleashing of your greatness…and allowing your mistakes, errors and impediments to lead the way to a superior performance.

Marcus Aurelius, the last great Emperor of Rome said it perfectly, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”


It should come as no surprise that you are your own worst enemy…and that the vast majority of troubles in your life are self-inflicted wounds, and much like tennis, they are unforced errors…the result of your own blunder…poor judgement and halfhearted execution.

Indecision, self-doubt, lack of confidence, tardiness, apathy, procrastination, inconsistency, arrogance, greed, excuse making, blaming, negativity, jealousy, embarrassing cell phone pictures, sloppy grammar use, lousy study habits, over-spending, poor eating habits, cowardly behavior and self-loathing are just some of the byproducts of your inner villain.

Self-inflicted wounds, like unforced errors are unfortunate, unnecessary and unacceptable.

They manifest themselves in financial problems, intimacy problems, health communication problems, tax problems, and in just every problem you experience.

Then to add additional insult to self-imposed injury…most people compound their problems and allow the pain to fester by berating themselves through negative self-talk.

Fortunately, there’s a solution as what stands in the way becomes the way.

Whatever you face in life…you always have a choice.

Will you allow your challenges and unforced errors to block you…undermine you, to bring you to your knees and ultimately get you to throw in the towel?

Or will your challenges and troubles empower you, strengthen your resolve, fortify your spirit and ultimately lead the way to greatness?

In the end, it’s a choice.

The single best strategy for solving problems quickly, for turning lemons into lemonade and for converting failures or setbacks into success is to IMPROVE YOUR HOW…to play a strong, smart, and savvy offense…to raise your standards…in short, to challenge yourself to step up your overall game.

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I’ll close with this…

The size of your problems is nothing compared with your ability to solve them. Therefore, don’t overestimate your problems and don’t you ever underestimate yourself.

You were born to unleash your greatness and to make your mark on the world…not to be taken down by obstacles and unforced errors.

Go get em’ tiger!

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