Today, Roger Federer notched his 1,000th career win and added another title (Brisbane) to his already impressive resume. At 33 years of age, to beat an in-form Milos Raonic (who just turned 24, is ranked World No. 8, and is known to have one of the biggest serves in the game), what keeps Roger going against this talented next generation of tennis players? In a word: love.
Roger is heralded for many things, but one of the most underrated - or perhaps least touted aspects of his game, is simply his love for it. In tennis, if you have a really powerful weapon (e.g., a huge serve, a crushing forehand, etc.), you want to build your game around that. Likewise, if you have an unstoppable love for the game (or even an aspect of it) you should build your game around that unshakeable foundation.
People often ask how to play their weaknesses in tennis with more confidence or how to give a good performance with a script or character they don't like. The trick is to find one aspect of that troubling stroke in tennis or something about the acting role that you can like, or maybe even love, and pour all your focus into that. Perhaps you can envision the easy power that comes from a well-timed one-handed backhand, or the vulnerability of an antagonist in a plot. This will develop your feelings for the play and give you the confidence to hit that shot, portray the villain with humanity, and believe in yourself under any circumstances whenever you can find something about that situation to love.
In tennis, acting, and life, love is all we need to give ourselves the chance to win the point, the hearts of an audience, and enjoy our time on this earth every moment.