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Almost everyone is in agreement that when athletes are happy and their lives are in harmony, they will perform close to their skill levels on a consistent basis. And if true, watch for Serena Williams to win almost every tournament she enters, including the Austrailian Open, because she recently became engaged to Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit.

Maria Sharapova, 26, has a budding romance with 26-year old tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov and she couldn’t be happier.  According to USA TODAY, “Sharapova said it’s not about age…she needs a man who understands the demands of her profession, respects her space and allows her to let her hair down.”  If my theory is correct, that the happier an athlete is and the more his or her life is in harmony the better they perform at their sport, then watch for Sharapova to win over Serena Williams.  It won’t be easy, but she’ll do it.

Let me repeat that because it’s so important: WHEN YOU GET ANGRY, YOU GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER.  And most of the time, the anger is misdirected and has little or nothing to do with the sporting event. For example, let’s assume that Serena Williams had an issue (argument?) with a friend the night before competing against Samantha Stosur in the US Open women’s final. Because she didn’t clear the issue with her friend, she erupted in anger at the chair umpire, just as she had done before, and also just as before, she was defeated. You often see this in other sports as well, such as when a defensive tackle in the NFL gets into an altercation with the offensive tackle on the other team, or an NBA basketball player gets into a fight with a member of the other team. These types of outbursts take the focus off winning and create baggage that affects performance. So the lesson to be learned is, never allow an issue to fester since it will never go away. It will only become more intense.  Issues must be addressed directly and resolved. Or at least, begin the process of resolving them.


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