Paula Radcliffe’s observations on Mo Farah epitomise Locker Room Power (LRP):
The other athletes played right into Mo’s hands and that’s a measure of his intimidation factor. No-one went out to really test him and he was getting more and more confident. Once he got into the front there was no chance they were coming past him. He was so calm and I am in awe of the way he dominated that race.
Locker Room Power is evident across the world of sport with many world-class athletes aware of this power and utilising its full potential. David Sammel reviews examples of international sportspersons putting LRP into practice at the highest level of sport;
Andy Murray, International Tennis Player
Andy Murray is an example of a player who has always believed in himself. Having become established at the top of the tour by 2009, Murray highlighted that even those tennis players at the highest level have to continue working on their LRP to ensure it is embedded and consistent in every situation. Generating LRP on the back of defeating Nadal and Federer, in tournaments leading up to the event, Murray lost narrowly to Verdasco in the Quarter- finals which revealed the status of his LRP at this point was temporary.
Working even harder on his mental strength and belief in the process helped him to cope and continue with an optimistic attitude. With this focus on the work to become a better player, came small improvements, which were enough to win the London Olympics 2012, The US Open 2013 and Wimbledon 2013. Murray’s success to date confirms his self-belief and further strengthens it and so he continues to become even more successful having created long-term LRP.
Shane Warne, International Cricket Player
“The greatest spin bowler of all time” – Shane Warne.
No bowler has been as consistent and destructive as the Australian Bowler Shane Warne. Knowingly encompassing LRP to its full extent, Warne countered the reputation opponents had of him by building his own. Creating this aura that he had confidently won before even bowling the ball and making his opponents react to his game, not only impacted on Warne’s locker room, but the surrounding environment’s he frequents. He understood he had to create an edge against his opponents and make others react to him rather than vice versa.
Rafael Nadal, International Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal plays with a ferocious commitment to win that unsettles most opponents. It is with this statement Nadal has built his LRP and always pushing himself and looking at what he has to gain. Nadal has developed a mental toughness to fuel his desire to gain more, believing in him self and his tactics. Working and succeeding at his level requires a constant discipline of the mind to always be looking at what can be done better and what is the next achievement. Where challenges occur, Nadal finds a strategy to deal with the situation, as fear is not a limit given his belief that he can achieve more “Fear – never.” – Rafael Nadal.
Nick Mathew, International Squash Player
Winning the title of World Squash Champion 2013 for the third time, Nick Mathew displays a fantastic story of perseverance and individual mental strength in his journey to the top of his sport. He created LRP by making the decision he wanted to win and did not let the world championship match slip from his grasp. His interview after winning the title summarizes the constant discipline of an athletes mind necessary to create LRP; “It was tough, it was such a mental battle…what people don’t see is that mental torment, that mental chess. There’s no space to breathe, to move. It’s such a mental battle. I need a month off after that. BBC, November 2013
Tim Henman, International Tennis Player
Defined from an early age was Tim Henman’s desire to be strong throughout his career, always delivering a successful performance and subsequently winning. However, even champions have to go through a process of refining their skills and gaining the maturity to express their self-belief in a way that is powerful enough to win at the highest level. Henman acknowledges the day his LRP was established amongst the professional tennis elite having beaten French Open champion, Yevgeny Kafelnikov at Wimbledon. Knowing that this aura existed and having worked hard to clarify his athletic ability and balance as a weapon, Henman dictated how the championship match against Kafelnikob was to be played and sent the message from the outset that it was going to be played on his terms.