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Little Things Lead to Big Things: The Mentality of a Champion

By Dr. Jorge Valverde

Doing the things we don't like to do, but that we must do, is the key to real progress in tennis and in life. Doing the little things that we must do, but do not enjoy, will eventually allow us to do the big things that we want to do. It's the seemingly insignificant tasks, the daily effort that is the key to our success. It's commitment with discipline at its core. Nothing worth attaining is ever easy; the bigger the goal, the more the obstacles. On a daily basis we must be willing to work through life's challenges; otherwise, we should not expect to reap its rewards. Having an injury, for example, can be the source of a lot of frustration ... or joy.

Learning to embrace adversity is learning the trait of champions, in sports and in life. Those that overcome adversity are inspired by something bigger than themselves. Real champions are not motivated by monetary gains, rankings, trophies, status or fame. They realize that all those things are temporary. Inspired by dreams and noble ideas, they venture out on a journey to conquer what others will not. They realize that the most important journey is to conquer the inner mountains of fear and cross the bridges that lead to uncharted territories. Real champions dream big, because the alternative it is not an alternative. Their dreams are always laced with hope and faith because, without them, there is no future.

"...Rejoice in your suffering, because suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us...

Romans 5:3

Finally, remember that character is defined by what you do when nobody is watching. You must handle all your responsibilities, even when someone else could have easily handled them for you. Usually, If a one feels pressure, it is because he is letting others do the things that he must do for himself, the little things that lead to big things.

* These concepts are part of the Valverde System