Damien Lafont, Ph.D.

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Reminders for Excelling

Two years ago I had the privilege to translate the French version of ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’ the best seller book by Terry Orlick, PhD, who has been leading the field of focus training for excellence in multiple disciplines for over 35 years. Terry has worked with thousands of Olympic and Professional athletes and coaches. Terry is the author of […]

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The Mindset and Heart of the New Generation

Until recent years, many players and coaches have long held some very fixed ideas and beliefs about the game of tennis. “This is how the game is”, “this is how the game should be played or approached”, “and this is how to become better”. Sticking to these rules, no matter what, or never questioning what […]

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Behind Stan’s rise: Mental Conditioning

While experts have been raving about his improved mental strength, not many know the man behind Wawrinka’s fine-tuned resolve. Utah-based Badri Narayan is the mental conditioning coach of the newly-crowned French Open champion. Badri has been quietly, yet closely, working with the Swiss tennis star for five years, but the contract he has signed with […]

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Stop Your Excuses!

If you watch some matches at the Australian Open you’ll observe a very strange – yet common phenomenon. During each set everything seems Okay for both players – no incident, they just play. Then, suddenly at the end of the set, what was Okay is not anymore: the wind is too strong, the crowd is […]

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The right focus

Nadal won. Again. But this win was tougher than usual. In his post-match interview he said he never played a match feeling so bad physically, he was suffering the whole match. But he won. Tim Smyzcek was close – so close. What made the difference at the end of the fifth set? Here the biggest […]

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Routine: the 3 Steps

In the first step, you ask 2 questions that will allow you to be aware of your thoughts and your activation level. These questions are: What am I am thinking about? and How do I feel? Body-Mind Scan When assessing your feelings, you identify your activation level to regulate it if possible. If you are too […]

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The Titans of the Zone

article also on tennisplayer.net by John Yandell – vol 10-8 Nov. 2014 In a recent  article I outlined multiple components of the so-called “Zone” as described by top researchers and athletes in many sports. The article showed that there probably is no one Zone and the experience and the process of reaching it can be different for […]

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Focus

We often confuse focus, attention and concentration. To clarify, focus of attention represents what we are thinking about. The focus of attention is related to the last thought, image or emotion created before the action. Focus can be internal or external, depending on whether we think of ourselves and our actions or what is outside […]

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Concentration on the Breath

Here is one of the most common meditation. This meditation requires extended practice over a period of several weeks in order to make significant progress. There is, however, benefit to anyone in trying this meditation at least once. Begin by finding a quiet, comfortable pace to sit where you won’t be disturbed. It is helpful […]

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Body Awareness

Body awareness is an essential part of any training and learning program, as well as any performance. What can we do to heighten awareness? Here’s a method that specifically foster mindfulness. Attitudes towards the body vary enormously. When seen correctly, the body can become the vehicle of experience of the mind and spirit. Most of us […]

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