11 July 2021 | SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP
Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon today. He is the third player after Federer and Nadal to hold 20 Grand Slam titles. Mental strength is a key contributor in Djokovic’ success – something he has (again) confirmed in his interview after his semi-final win over Denis Shapovalov. While chasing records is a huge motivational factor for Djokovic, amid a tournament he is only focusing on the next match, and on nothing else.
Mental strength is not only key in sports but also in business. In our book WINNIG INSIDE, my co-author Markus Hornig – @markushornig – we are talking about what we can learn from performance athletes and how we can transfer that into the business world.
In the chapter “Mental Balance” we talk about how Novak Djokovic prepares mentally for key points in the match: He puts his head into the present moment only, and does not try to fight the thoughts that come up, while keeping his calm and self-control. The ability not to be controlled by the upcoming thoughts and just let them pass by, is the recipe of every champion. It is a mastery which they achieve through consistent mental training and this is the doorway for each one of us to enter the stage of flow (defined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi). This is a state in which we are performing an activity fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity – a complete absorption in what we do while we loose our sense of time.
»Novak Djokovic is a master of the inner game and on his best way to become the greatest of all times.«