Staying focus when facing adversity
I just wanted to email you and touch base about where I am in the mental toughness program. This past weekend at Houston, I felt like I won the tournament because of how strong I was mentally and not because I played especially well. I really wanted to tell you a little about the San Antonio major zone as well. So the weekend before last I went to San Antonio and played a major zone...almost identical to the one this weekend. The tournament was very delayed due to a lot of rain and bad weather. We ended up playing 4 "matches" (short sets, no-ad starting at 2-2) on one day. I looked to push myself outside of the box in many ways that weekend. I had to overcome weather...stay focused and remember that I was at a tournament. I had to maintain my physical state by working out in the gym and continuing to do the workouts I've been doing. I had to fight the temptation to be lazy and lay around like everyone else around me. But, I realized that I am different and I am aspiring to achieve higher goals than the "average" person around me. Before the tournament I sat down and created a mental script specifically stating the performance goals I had for the major zone. And it helped TREMENDOUSLY. That weekend I followed my inner script exactly word for word. It was awesome. And like the Houston tournament I won because I was emotionally so strong and handled the tournament despite my obstacles. But that was just some of my feelings for the past couple of tournaments, and I am really excited to see the results from my training. Not only within myself, but also in my peers. Thanks for all of the time and effort you have put into helping me. I am so excited to move forward and keep learning more.
The importance of a personal approach to mental coaching
I received my Personalized Profile Results you sent me and absolutely agree with them. All my results are completely and absolutely correct. The things you said about them were awesome and I really enjoyed reading about it. I now have the confidence cards taped to my mirror along with my achievement list and my goals. I look at these everyday. I have been reading the book and doing my CD and the light and sound system at night. For one thing, I'm a lot calmer on the court. I am also working on eating better from all the information you have given to me!
I think the system is really working
I am going to start the 2nd 21 days of the program today. In El Paso (national open), I won my first 2 matches then lost and drop to consolation and won 2 more before I lost again.
I had a good temper, but I still need to work on my inter speech. I never had wanted to get mad. It was aswome. The same thing happens in San Antonio (major zone). I won 2 and lost 1. In the second match my opponent had 3 match points in a row but I fought back and won. I think the system is really working.
He seems more positive and less emotional in his tennis
Hi, I am Adam L.'s Mom. Adam's the very little guy you sat and went through the questionnaire with. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that Adam is still very excited about the program and has been doing the CDs diligently daily. He is giving more attention to his eating habits, and generally just seems more positive and less emotional in his tennis. I was a bit surprised that at his young age (11) he was so fascinated and interested in the psychology aspect of tennis. He is very motivated to incorporate the things you have taught him.
I am a dentist and have had some education in psychology along the way. I also have a good friend who is has her Ph.D. in psychology and is in private practice- I have learned a lot from her. With this background, I have found your techniques and teaching to make a lot of sense. I believe the mental aspect of training in tennis is undervalued with many players. I wanted to thank you for time and touch base.
Your internet communication is helpful
Dear Dr. Jorge,
Hello it is me, Danielle. I want to thank you for your attachments that you have sent to me. My parents and my coach have taken a look at it and think that it is fantastic material. I have read it myself and I agree with them. I am already starting to gain more and more confidence in my game. Thank You again. I hope you are doing well.
All the negative things that I use to think, those are gone now
Hello Dr. Jorge:
It has been a while since I have sent you an e-mail, so I am going to inform you about my progress. I have found that I have been more alert during an everyday basis. Like my senses are working better than ever. All the negative things that I use to think, those are gone now. With your help I have been able to look at situations on the positive side. Now when I miss a shot I do not dwell on the fact that I missed it, but focus on the fact that it was one point and move on to the next one. The Eight Golden Sequence has been one of the biggest helps to my success in Winter Supernationals in Arizona. The greatest thing that has come out of all of this is that I am enjoying tennis more than I ever had. To me my enjoyment of playing tennis beats all the wins, rankings, and overall success that I have ever had. I just want to say a short thank you, because just recently I have been thinking a lot about what I have compared to what my other peers in tennis have. Many of them I have found don't look at tennis as what it truly is, but as another factor to overcome in life. To me like you said "Tennis is a Celebration of Life." I don't think there is a better way to put it, but that tennis is a celebration of life. Anyway thank you, and let's keep in touch.
One of your students became my inspiration
Dear Dr. Valverde
This is L.C., one of your students who just recently attended your seminar in New Jersey. Anyway, I was just down in Plantation, Florida for the Girl's 14's Super National Clay Courts, and I did okay. Not the best I have ever done. I was unseeded, and after winning my first round match, had to play the 8th seed Ashley Weinhold, a student of yours. After the seminar I had really been pumped up to work hard at the program, but then I kinda of lost it a little but before clay courts, so I was not fully mentally prepared. But Ashley sure did show me how much he mental toughness had helped her, and even told me she wrote a clay court script... I guess this inspired me to get back on track with the program, and now I just re-read your book and have been writing like crazy. I just wanted to let you know that I have seen how much your program can help, so much that it was funny how much I recognized the mental toughness tasks she was performing on the court, like the 8 golden sequence. Anyway, I have to go, but will keep in touch!
I have never been more focused in my life
Hi Dr. Valverde
I am writing to let you know I am working on my script and the only reason it is not done is because we had finals this week. I played in a tournament this weekend and did very well. I am in the round of 16's next weekend, and I have never been more focused in my life. I played good and felt good about my game in a long time.
Thanks for all your help,.