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recently I got into an argument with a new clubmate player in my new club about an ideal mind state during the play.
He is an overmotivated player who keeps shining with emotions (comparably to i.e. Ryu Seung Min).
He kept telling me that I cannot get better without using positive emotions. He tries to cheer himself after every won ball trying to match the overenergized David Reitspies, the current National Champion of Czech republic who seems to have an endless energy. Even during timeout he still attempts to keep moving rapidly running one two steps back and forth or shuffling exercises during the entire timeout. He never stops moving during the match he is constantly "running in place" when he waits for the opponent to pick up the ball when he waits on the receive he even keeps running when preparing his own service only stopping briefly to actually perform the serve.
In contrast,I am a person full of negative energy fueling it through as my powersource which the clubmate says it is not possible. I am trying to match my mentality rather to Waldner, Samsonov etc who keep their stone face no matter what is the state of play. I have already reached the state where I am able to remain emotionless even after playing some worldclass rally. However the clubmate told me that I should not hide my emotions. He told me he wants to see some "choo"ing from me. He wants me to display some positive emotions to the opponent. I told him it is just not my style. I naturally express almost no emotions even outside only the negative ones sometimes. I rarely even FEEL positive emotions at all. He replied that there is only one ideal mindstate and only those displaying positive emotions can get on the top.
What do you think about this? What is your view on ideal mind state (or better said,the outer expression of the mind state) or how to say it?
PS: to display the difference I am sending you a video of our National Championships between David Reitspies the overenergized player using a lot of positive emotions (yellow shirt) against Tomas Tregler several times Extra League Winner an example of one of the least emotional CZ professional players: https://youtu.be/IMmUsXlPfg0?t=9957
This is always an interesting thing to examine. However there is not one way to behave or feel during a match.
As you can see these two players both play at an extremely high level even thong they display different emotional levels during the match.
It is important to find what works for you and work with that.
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