A TV anchor once asked Martina Navratilova, “How do you maintain your focus and manage to keep playing, even at the age of 43? ”
Her suave response was, “The ball doesn’t know how old I am.
In his excellent book, Stillpower, Sports Psychologist Garret Kramer says that a key factor to performing well in sports (and in life), is your ability to control the quality and quantity of your “internal dialogue”.
Performance = Potential - internal interference
In other words, you need to stop yourself from stopping yourself.
Sports, fitness, business and indeed Life are played on a 6-inch ground … the space between our own two ears!