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Nasser Hussain
Vijay Hazare
Vivian Richards
Great Sportsmen Aren't Perfect!
Farokh Engineer
Gundappa Viswanath
Glenn McGrath
Andy Roberts
Rahul Dravid
Kapildev Nikhanj
Syed Kirmani
Doug Walters
Fergie Gupte
Ladhabhai N. Amar Singh
Imran Khan Niazi
Adam Craig Gilchrist
VVS Laxman
Vishwanath's Humour
Geoff Boycott
Anil Kumble
On the other side of a slump is victory!
Richie Benaud
Shane Keith Warne
Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji
Sir Donald George Bradman
Dilip Narayan Sardesai
Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell
Are you a Winner or a Quitter?
Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers
Dennis Keith Lillee
Sir Len
Summer Tips
Myth No. 10
Myth No. 9
Myth No. 8
Myth No. 7
Sir Neville Cardus
Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar
Myth No 6
Focus on Dreams
Martina Navratilova
Stephen Rodger Waugh
Myth No. 5
David Gower's Curry
Practice to Perfect!
Bhagwat Subramaniam Chandrasekhar
Myth No. 4
Myth No. 3
Failure
Anju George
Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar
Myth No. 2
Steffi Graf
Arthur Mailey
Laws of Success in Sport
Lala Amarnath
Myth No. 1
Sachin Slogs, but Smiles too!
Mansur Ali Khan of Pataudi
Mulvantrai Himatlal 'Vinoo' Mankad
Building Muscles
Intimidating Opponents
Muhammad Ali
Baichung Bhutia
Sandeep Madhusudan Patil
Finding Time
Derek Randall
Ronaldo
Sanath Jayasuriya
Stretching
Step outside comfort zone
Chris Evert-Mills
Ajit Laxman Wadekar
Stay in the Present
Pahelam Ratanji Umrigar
Pele
John McEnroe
Lance Armstrong
Marion Jones
Tiger Woods
Bob Beamon
Flexibility
Speed and Agility
Heart Endurance
Muscle Endurance
Muscle Power
Muscle Strength
Wilma Rudolph
Teofilo Stevenson
Sergei Bubka
Raymond Ewry
P.T.Usha
Paavo Nurmi
Naim Suleimanov
Nadia Comaneci
Milo of Kroton
Milkha Singh
Mark Spitz
Leander Paes
Lasse Viren
Johnny Weissmuller
Jim Thorpe
Jesse Owens
James B. Connolly
Irina Kirzenstein
Greg Louganis
Florence Griffith Joyner
Fanny Blankers-Koen
Emil Zatopek
Edwin Moses
Dick Fosbury
Dhyan Chand
Dawn Fraser
Daley Thompson
Carl Lewis
Bob Beamon
Babe Didrikson
Al Oerter
Abebe Bikila
Dhanraj Pillay
David Beckham
Serena Williams
Steve Ovett
Alec Bedser
Donald Bradman
You are Your Dreams
Leander Paes
Viswanathan Anand
Prakash Padukone
Sunil Gavaskar
Alan Knott
Godfrey Evans
Jeffrey Thomson
Mohinder Amarnath
Clive Lloyd
Javagal Srinath
Stanley McCabe
Michael Ferreira
Sourav Ganguly
Sachin Tendulkar
Trueman's Wit
Jesse Owens
Fred Spofforth & the Ashes
Enthusiasm
Inspirational Poem
Dhyan Chand

Great Sportsmen Aren't Perfect!


Great athletes possess a burning desire to be the best. Their inner drive keeps them going when the going seems impossible. They continuously keep pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.

A very important part of their mental buildup is their dissatisfaction with mistakes and mediocre performances. Wanting to be nothing short of perfect, these athletes keep dwelling on their mistakes and try to keep correcting them on a continual basis.

Now, strengthening your weaknesses is a sure fire way of progressing towards perfection. Moreover, when you are not tolerant of mistakes, it helps you raise the bar on your overall performance. If you constantly expect yourself to be perfect, sooner or later you will be, right?

May be, may be not! Though there is nothing wrong with fixing your mistakes, there is something very wrong with being obsessed with being perfect! If your coaches, your parents and your friends keep telling you that you are doing well, and you tell yourself that you aren't good enough, you are setting yourself up for big-time failure!

All great athletes know that perfectionism is a two-edged sword. When used positively, perfectionism can help you harness your strengths and open a path to your dreams. Healthy perfectionism will take you to personal excellence. However, when you are so obsessed with perfectionism, you fail to see the distance you have covered, the progress you have made, you are cutting your self-confidence and your self-esteem to shreds. You will stop enjoying your sport. You have to remember that all great men, whatever field they have excelled in, have had fun while striving for perfection. No fun, no excellence! It's that simple!

Unhealthy perfectionism has three components, which you have to be careful of. 1. Do not focus on your failures so much that you forget what you did right. 2. Do not measure your imperfect performance against a perfect ideal that in reality does not exist. 3. Do not beat yourself up emotionally for your failures.

Your job when you make mistakes is to learn from, and then forget them. When you fail, you must forgive yourself and then leave that failure in the past. Accept the fact that you're going to make mistakes. Accept the fact that you can always be better. Accept the fact that there is no perfect. Accept your humanness. Strive to be perfect while at the same time forgiving yourself for your imperfections.


last updated on: 2/14/2021

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