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playing aggressively

What aggressiveness means

Performing aggressively or hard play is not about harming or injuring your competitor. It is about a mental attitude of performing within the rules of the sport with a positive and attacking manner to gain competitive advantage.

In order to perform aggressively, you must respect your competitors and not let up--be prepared to play at full intensity all the way through the competition.

The key is not to get into a mindset where you start thinking about protecting your lead and avoiding making mistakes.



If you concentrate too much on not making mistakes, you may lose focus on what you need to do and perform in a defensive and tentative manner.

It is important to stay in the present and focus on execution rather than the results. Set yourself challenging goals, go through your routines with full intensity and focus and don’t let yourself become complacent.

Keys to aggressiveness

Here are some keys to what you need to do to perform confidently and aggressively.

  Practice hard to improve your game and gain confidence to play well.  
  Develop your understanding about when to play aggressively and when to play safe.  
  Focus on execution rather than the results and avoid thinking about mistakes.  
  Go through your routines with full intensity and focus in order to achieve a peak level when you perform.  
Play aggressively in order to play well and be among the top players.


Watch this video

To develop your understanding of how to perform aggressively with a winning attitude, watch this video about Michael Jordan.


Read this book

Read The Mental Edge by Kenneth Baum.