Hello friend. I couldn't agree more about "The Inner Game of Tennis" applying to trading. Glad you found it. Another one to check out is "The Truth About Winning" by Tom Veneziano. It's a secret gem of a little paperback book.
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Thanks for the suggestions re "The inner game of tennis". I will certainly be getting it on my kindle when im done with my current book. I always enjoy books which aren't specific to trading but never the less apply.
Im still on the lookout for books on auction theory, which aren't about trading. Things like art auctions, antique auctions etc. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be anything out there.
Well done on your latest completed combine iqgod,...you're making good progress compared to a few months back. Keep it up.
You donít trade the markets; you only trade your beliefs about the markets.
- Van K Tharp
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Tom Veneziano, the author of the above book (The Truth About Winning) once shared this tip, titled
"Learn to play badly well!" Here is the tip:
You may think that is a strange title, but it will all make sense in a moment. When you are in a match you will always experience cycles from good to bad, bad to good, back to bad again. This is the nature of sports and it's your responsibility to be mentally prepared for these cycles. Once you learn to adapt effectively to these cycles, life on the tennis court can become beautiful.
Often players play well for 15 minutes, then all of a sudden they begin playing poorly (and you thought it only happened to you!). Maybe they are just a little tired or maybe their opponent is playing spectacular tennis. Whatever the reason, they are definitely in a down cycle fighting to stay in the match.
When this scenario happens to you, here is a mental tip that the top pros have mastered. YOU MUST LEARN TO PLAY BADLY WELL WHEN YOU'RE IN A DOWN CYCLE!
For example, on a scale of one to ten (ten being the up cycle and one being the down cycle) you're playing poorly at level four. When you are in a bad cycle the trick is to understand that this is normal and part of the winning process. You must fight to stay at that level until momentum begins shifting back in your direction. In other words you learn to play poorly better than most. How? By mental toughness! What happens to most players in their down cycles is they lose their mental fight, become frustrated, develop a negative mindset, and plummet into the three, two, or one level. Instead of fluctuating between ten and four in their match play they are now fluctuating between ten and one!
Now you tell me, if everything is equal and one player is fluctuating between ten and one and the other is fluctuating between ten and four... who will win?
Everyone fluctuates in match play, but it should be obvious that your mentally tough competitors MINIMIZE their down time by MAXIMIZING their mental skills during these pressure situations. The top pros are well aware that part of winning is an inner desire to own that extra intangible inch that catapults their game onto victory.
The only question that remains is... when you are confronted with this predicament will you posses the mental skills necessary to play badly better than most?
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January 2014: The Great Tennis Divide
December 2013: Tennis University
November 2013: A Tennis Challenge to Unleash Your Inner Power
October 2013: Who's in Charge on the Tennis Court? You or Your Emotions?
September 2013: Coping with adversity in tennis
August 2013: In tennis, you are what you think
July 2013: Does your tennis opponent control your mind?
June 2013: Tennis Practice Versus Match Play
May 2013: Tennis speed: It's all about how you think!
April 2013: Do tennis lessons help?
March 2013: Are You as Mentally Tough as a Child?
February 2013: Reverse thinking causes players' downfalls
January 2013: Panic creates pandemonium
December 2012: Should you take the racket back quickly?
November 2012: It's all up to YOU!
October 2012: What Coaches Who Theorize Don't Realize
September 2012: Training For Long-Term Success
August 2012: Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat
July 2012: Phases Of Learning Tennis
June 2012: Don't Live In A Fairy Tale
May 2012: The 'I've got it' Mentality Has Got To Go!
April 2012: Mentally Relax For Increased Accuracy
March 2012:s Go It Alone
February 2012: You Could Play Like Roger Federer, But You Won't!
January 2012: Do you know when you're improving?
December 2011: Accessing Your Subconscious Tennis Matrix
November 2011: Are You Herd Bound or a Maverick?
October 2011: A Mental Challenge!
September 2011: Repetition alone is not enough!
August 2011: From Extraordinary To Ordinary
July 2011: This is my story and I'm sticking to it!
June 2011: Whose problem is it anyway?
May 2011: Repetition is the Chariot of Genius
April 2011: The "here and now" has just passed!
March 2011: Making Sense of Tennis Techniques
February 2011: Staying Out of Your Own Way
January 2011: Do you know when you're improving?
December 2010: The right coach for you!
November 2010: Focus on improving, not winning!
October 2010: The learning process and homeostasis, an intriguing connection
September 2010: The flow zone, finding your timing and rhythm
August 2010: The Making of a Champion
July 2010: After serving... then what?!
June 2010: Self-discipline is the key to creating momentum
May 2010: Anticipation At The Net
April 2010: Learning strokes from the inside out
March 2010: Solutions take time!
February 2010: Taking Control Of Your Tennis
January 2010: Percentages Not Individual Excellence!
December 2009: Evaluating Your Match Play
November 2009: Increasing Your Speed In Tennis
October 2009: Go For Your Shots
September 2009: Mental Control Over Your Emotions
August 2009: Two Tennis Misconceptions
July 2009: The Freedom to Go for Your Shots!
June 2009: Three Common Mistakes When Hitting an Approach Shot
May 2009: One tennis practice drill, two misconceptions!
April 2009: Accessing your subconscious tennis matrix
March 2009: Contemplating the cause for relaxed results
February 2009: The Patience Principle: The Chance Will Come!
January 2009: Seeing by feel
December 2008: Success with risk, or security with safety?
November 2008: The Missing Link
October 2008: As Time Goes By
September 2008: What really is a bad habit?
August 2008: Habitual problems!
July 2008: From relaxed practice to match-play pressure
June 2008: Science says!
May 2008: Agassi gets it! Do you?
April 2008: Mental Toughness for Juniors and Adults
March 2008: A Mental Challenge
February 2008: The Patience Principle: The Chance Will Come!
January 2008: If I'm the better player, why am I clueless!
December 2007: Different surface, different game!
November 2007: Change A Losing Shot!
October 2007: I'm the "better player," but my opponent wins!
September 2007: Playing a lower-level player
August 2007: A Word To The Wise
July 2007: Mental toughness as a Weapon
June 2007: Why can't I win those crucial points?
May 2007: A Simple Plan Gone Awry
April 2007: Tighten up or lighten up?
March 2007: Be flexible, try an option
February 2007: From indoors to outdoors!
January 2007: Owning that extra intangible inch!
December 2006: Using your two brains in match play!
November 2006: So, you don't like losing!
October 2006: Three pseudo-solutions not to try
September 2006: Learning to learn tennis!
August 2006: The Opposite Phenomenon
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May 2006: or Tennis Wimp?
April 2006: Why me?
March 2006: Learning how to win does not make sense!
February 2006: Don't quit because you're tired!
January 2006: The correct way to "go for your shots"
November 2005: Second serve first!
October 2005: Stay out of your own way!
September 2005: Battling a backboard!
August 2005: Myth - You should stay anchored to the ground when you hit most of your shots
July 2005: Practice to improve, not to win!
June 2005: Train your thinking for aggressive net play
May 2005: It's official! Everyone does it!
April 2005: The Roddick ballistic serve!
March 2005: Don't depend on your coach!
February 2005: Control over your emotions!
January 2005: Your Mindset For Serving
December 2004: Focusing on the mental battle
November 2004: Why Not Have Fun?
October 2004: Learning from my bad decision!
September 2004: What does a 1.0 player and a 7.0 player have in common?
August 2004: The follow-through misconception!
July 2004: Volleying on the move!
June 2004: The 'Brilliant' shot distraction!
May 2004: Percentage thinking - selecting the correct thought!
April 2004: Failing successfully!
March 2004: The keys to consistency in tennis
February 2004: Formula for tennis success!
December 2003: Get Ready - Now!
November 2003: What To Look For When Watching A Professional Match
October 2003: True To Form?
September 2003: The Key To Concentration
August 2003: A Mental Technique To Improve Your Volleys
July 2003: Keeping Your Perspective
June 2003: MYTH - You should bend your knees on all of your shots
May 2003: The warm-up is to WARM UP!
April 2003: Do you prefer to practice your strengths?
March 2003: You are not a cookie cutter mold!
February 2003: Pusher Power!
January 2003: An Emotional Moment!
December 2002: Learn to play badly well!
Also by Tom Veneziano:
December 2002 Wild Cards: The Big Picture vs. Isolated Situations
August 2002 Wild Cards: How to Establish Momentum
July 2002 Wild Cards: Move fast, hit slow!
May 2002 Wild Cards: A Champion's Mental Attitude After Failing
December 2001 Wild Cards: Learning to play under pressure
June 2001 Wild Cards: Strokes depend on a 'feel' not 'mechanics'
April 2001 Wild Cards: A Plan To Move On From Your Mistakes
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