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[tennisbiz] Re: The Ball

From: David Breslow <>
Date: Tue 8 Oct 2002 11:40:41 EDT

Hey Ryan,

I'm not so sure we're saying something different...maybe using different
language which as we probably the least reliable form of

In any event...I wholeheartedly agree that strategy is NOT the same as
intuition. A strategy is a "mental" choice one makes in an action to make or
not make and is often pre-conceived as in "my strategy for this serve is to
hit a high arcing spin serve serve down the "T" and move in for the volley".
This is certainly a conscious strategy. This "notion" may well have been
"received" by the player in the form of an intuitive "message" through open
awareness at that moment. This intuition could (BTW...which I ask players to
be open to and listen to), then turn into a strategic action. Once
again...words getting in the way.

Awareness is crucial and players are often aware of their "inner guide"
speaking when the intuitive message is "go to the backhand" or "stay back on
this one" or for the golfer it's often "you're not quite lined up right" and
"take the seven iron instead of the 8 for this shot". This intuitive message
is received from the inner wisdom that already exists within each of us. The
proof of this inner "wisdom" is simple. Ask the player what usually happens
when they don't heed the advice! The answer is usually something like "I
mess up almost every time! That should be proof enough that the intuitive
wisdom "knows" more than our mind which too often overrides it as you have

I'm suggesting that strategies can be formed from the power of intuition and
sometimes they are just performed automatically and sometimes they are
intuitively "heard" and then consciously acted on.

Where I see players having difficulties is in "which voice is the intuitive
voice?" they hear so many voices vying for their attention...the voice of
fear, doubt, worry, over aggression, etc. Awareness breeds the voice that is
quiet and still. The voice to listen to is the one that does NOT clamor for
your attention. The quiet, calm voice is the voice of intuition speaking.
It has no need to beat you over the head.

In the doesn't really matter. Awareness is truly the gateway to
peak performance and the zone state. Heightened awareness DOES lead to
automatic action and right action at that! Awarness is the first of the 9
Habits Of Performance Success I develop with my clients.

Thanks for your sparking this "thread" Ryan...

All The Best to you and the group!

David Breslow
Performance Success Strategies
Now available: "Wired To Win...The Mental Keys To Play Your Best Golf" To
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Received on Tue Oct 08 2002 - 15:52:58 CDT

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