The Importance of Breaking Serve

Faith – Focus – Resilience – Consistency – Discipline.

A three-time Wimbledon finalist, Andy Roddick surprisingly lost yesterday to a Taiwanese player named Yen-Hsun Lu. Lu’s ranking is 82nd in the world (compared to Roddick’s 7th). What makes this such a monumental loss is that Roddick had a total of 38 aces in the game. So what happened? He (Roddick) failed to convert on most of the 8 break point opportunities he had. He always served well, but lacked the discipline to win when it counted the most.

There’s a lesson to be learned in this: No matter how hard we push or even how well we begin, we need the faith, focus, resilience, consistency and discipline to finish. Our attitude towards the challenges we face and the way with which we conduct our counter-offensive are two very important ingredients in our recipe to success. Our success is never measured by our beginning – the prize always goes to those that run every race diligently to the finish. Remember, your life’s story is not written until your death.

‘I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.’ – Ecc 9:11

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