This past Sunday, Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title - the highest number earned yet by any single player over the course of the tennis tournament's history. Hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Roger has won 19 Grand Slam titles, including now eight Wimbledon titles, five Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles and one French Open title. Federer is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time.
Federer is inspiring on many levels from his excellent form to his endurance and positive mindset. Here we've taken a few lessons from what we've seen on the court to share with you. These lessons apply to anything you wish to achieve, whether you are starting your own business, running an existing one or want to develop your own talent or idea.
As Federer explained after his 8th win on Sunday, what you think has a profound effect on far you reach.
Set a High Standard and Keep Improving
After turning pro in 1998, Federer has played 1111 games and won 81% of them - a record high. Yet despite his successes, Federer has never given up his desire to improve and be better.
Believe in yourself and what you love to do.
Following your passion requires a lot of courage. You also have to know whether you have the actual skill and aptitude for it. When you identify what you can be best at, follow through on it and make it manifest.
Aim to care more about what you wish to achieve and the person you are becoming, then what other people think. Stay positive especially during the hard moments. Your attitude is most apparent when things are not going your way. Being able to retain that positive inner strength despite obstacles, can make all the difference in your life and in anything you set out to achieve.
Test yourself in different environments. Be willing to go the extra mile and to endure.
Believe in yourself even if you are the newbie on the block, going up against the biggest or the best.
Everyone starts out as an amateur. Even if you have all the skill in the world or the people and resources to back you up, you still have to prove yourself in a competitive environment, whether it is sports, business, school or anything else. Don't let the big dogs squash your dreams or tell you there's only one way to do things. You have to believe in yourself and your own ability to improve and get better, even if you start out at the very bottom or make every possible mistake you can! You have the ability to create something new through YOU. Who knows? You might become the best out there. Go ahead and do it. Apply yourself.
Have both short-term and long-term goals.
Motivation is key. Don't sit around and wait for it. Get going with small goals that you can achieve quickly. The success you feel from achieving those small goals will motivate and propel you to go for bigger ones.
Compete with confidence. Winning starts with your mindset.
What you think constantly materializes in your life. Use your mind to help you conquer your fears and retain a winning mindset. When your mind is strong, you act with confidence. Push yourself to remain positive and to be self-aware of your strengths and areas you can improve in.
Do your best and concede loss with dignity.
Do the best that you can. You may still lose out to competitors or fail to achieve a certain goal in the time frame you wanted. That's part of the process though in any success. It is okay to lose some things especially if you keep your eye on the prize, to win the ultimate goal that you have in mind. When you lose, concede it with dignity, grace and true sportsmanship. Be willing to play (try) again.
Be confident and also respectful.
Guard your reputation.
Building a reputation can take a long time. Maintaining a positive and strong reputation requires consistent effort where you deliver what you promise you will do, each and every time to the best of your ability.
This may be our most favorite quote of all, because it reveals Roger's personal experience of being "in flow" where you conquer your fear and you truly dedicate yourself to being your best and honing your craft. Roger has become adept at creating an optimal experience for peak performance and complete engagement in the task at hand. Being able to concentrate and focus single-mindedly on what you are doing with clarity and peace of mind, frees you up to be your best.