Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tennis Quote of the Day: Fear of Failure



"For pro players . . . there is no question that power, speed, agility and good technique are essential. But when these athletes compete, it can be the mind as much as the body, that determines the winner. The same holds true for weekend warriors on the court: Our mindset matters. Mindset is not some touchy, feely term that psychologists throw around. It can actually be traced back to how our brain functions to guide success, or induce failure. In short, fearing failure begets failure."

--Sian Bellock, Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago
Author: Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To
From: Tennis Magazine (November-December 2012), "Your Worst Fear", p. 42. 

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