Tiger Woods has been transformational for the game of golf in so many ways. That is indisputable. But he has proven to be just like every other figure who fell for the little guy with the pitchfork on his shoulder telling him, “It’s all good, no one will know, you can get away with it.” But that little guy on his shoulder didn’t tell him that in the real world, you don’t get away with it because even when you are the only one who knows, that is enough to destroy you.

--Doug Glanville

 

Music is (basically) a communal sport.

If you find that you are “nervous” when you play (especially for very large of very small audiences), accept it as being perfectly natural. Don’t try to “make it stop.” Do try to use this energy to play music.

Music can become a very neurotic activity. When this happens, it’s no use saying that it should be different than it is. Don’t think about what it should be, look at what it is! When you see something very clearly, it practically changes itself.

-- Mick Goodrick

 

How much of fighting is mental?

"Everything. 100%. Everything starts mentally and goes from there."

-- Fedor Emelienenko

 

I can’t stress how important it is to train yourself to seek clarity at moments of doubt. You have to stay calm and have complete faith in your abilities.

-- Pete Sampras

 

"Well, that's the end of the road, and I have to accept it. I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm."

--Rafael Nadal, talking about his loss to Robin Soderling at Roland Garros in 2009

 

"Buchholz worked with Tewksbury on removing negative thoughts during a game, stepping off the mound to take a breath. Instead of thinking about what he's done, he simply needs to make a pitch. Just the next pitch. That's all."

--Boston Globe article about Clay Buchholz


The (short) answer is that it's really risky to work hard, because then if you fail you can no longer say that you failed because you didn't work hard... People think that Tiger is tougher than Mickelson because he works harder. Wrong: Tiger is tougher than Mickelson and because of that he works harder.

--Malcolm Gladwell, Author