Roger Federer won Wimbledon 2017 after five years in the wilderness since his last win in 2012. In his post match interview he said " I kept dreaming, I kept believing and kept working.
The principle, all three need to work in tandem. Believing and dreaming without work, leads to frustration. All work without a dream or belief attached, becomes meaningless and dull, people soon give up.
All three combined makes the whole. He kept dreaming and believing he would win another grand slam and away from media glare, he kept up the practice, working to improve his game.
Sometimes when people hit a drought in their success output, they quit. They stop dreaming, they stop believing and stop working. My favourite definition of work is " to be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a result.
Behind the scene, Federer worked on his game [physical]. He also put thought into what was the cause of his injuries. He thought about his body, the recuperation time between tournaments, his injuries and the time when his body was at it's peak. What type of surfaces he liked and didn't like playing on [mental].
After winning the Australian open in Jan 2017, he stayed away from the clay court season. He rested. He came back in April for the grass court season. The rest is history.
Never did he stop believing, dreaming and working [ physical and mental ]. The next time you hit a slump, remember it is the combination of all three that makes the whole.
Colin Myles Author
Work is to be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a result