NOT ALWAYS YOU CAN, YOU WANT TO
A few weeks ago we witnessed one of the greatest achievements in the history of sport, and, in particular, of tennis. Despite the fact that Rafa Nadal has accustomed us to this type of feat, what happened at the Australian Open, for many minutes, seemed impossible even for him. Medvedev had authoritatively won the first two sets and the feeling of dominance and control by the Russian was overwhelming. Nadal was dominated, there were hardly any points in which he had the initiative, and he barely countered the lashes of the Russian who, especially, dominated the game with his serve and his backhand. Despite this, what has traditionally happened in many of the Mallorcan's matches occurred, the psychological load changed, the responsibility began to weigh heavily, just like each ball in each hit, and Nadal, not without suffering, ended up taking a title that today elevates him as the best tennis player of all time. From that moment on, social networks were flooded with praise, the chronicles of sports and general newspapers, as well as radio and television, spoke of an unprecedented feat and a historic victory by becoming the first tennis player to win. 21 Grand Slam titles. Later there were people who dared to analyze the reasons why Nadal has managed to become the way he is, and his uncle, with a certain irony, joined this group. In an interesting article published in El País and entitled 'The essential school of difficulty', he established the occasional analogy and explained, with the authority that having been his coach for so many years gives him, the reasons why Nadal He has become the most competitive athlete of all time.
I am not going to dwell on the reasons why this is so, since I have not been part of the learning process that Rafa Nadal has followed to become who he is. Although I will reflect on the current of 'goodness' that leaves the wake of each of his victories. The summary would be something like: “if you want, you can”. That is, Nadal as a paradigm of everything that requires a purpose of improvement. 'Be a Nadal in your day to day', this could be the slogan. Which is as crude as it is false, first because the education that the tennis player received, and his experiences, are far from those of the majority. Subjected to an extraordinary daily demand, and surely almost unbearable for the vast majority, he built a privileged mental structure. Very few people would be able to submit to that process and not many teachers would take such a requirement to that extreme. Last but not least, and related to that series of charlatans who have risen like wildfire in recent times (especially in sports coaching) and sell us the milonga that any goal is possible if we really set out to achieve it. That is one of the biggest lies in today's society. Not every time you want to achieve your goals. In the vast majority of cases because they do not depend solely and exclusively on oneself. What we must do is to exert ourselves nobly to try to achieve them and feel rewarded for said effort; but to think that we are always going to achieve it simply by our sacrifice, and even being qualified for it, only causes our own frustration and the benefit of so many tooth-pulling tricksters who want to sell us a society that does not really exist. And sport, as almost always, is a true reflection.