1 Give your best
It is tempting to give up when the going gets tough. But win or lose, your efforts will always be noticed and applauded if you toil hard. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu made it to the final of the quadrennial event - again, the first Indian ever to have made it that far. She won the first set but lost the next two. She may not have won a gold that day, but she won the hearts of many Indians
2 Break negative patterns
Despite her defeat at Rio against Carolina Marin in the finals, Sindhu did not let the earlier episode bog her. She put the past behind her, worked harder on her strengths and aced her first Indian Open in which she also beat Saina Nehwal and Sung Ji Hyun. Having to face the same adversaries or adversities more than once should give you insight into solutions and approaches, not push you in a corner
3 Improve performance
The 5’10.5″ tall badminton champion literally rose from the ashes when a series of losses came along between her Rio Silver and the 2016 China Open Super Series. Professional critics and audiences alike slammed her for her poor performance. But clearly, Sindhu was working on her game in the wings and returned triumphant at the China Open beating Sun Yu in two of the three sets at the finale. The trick therefore, is to keep at it and not script your own decline.
4 Be consistent
11 years since she went pro, and seven post her first international game, Sindhu has time and again proved her mettle. Such stature is not easy to attain if you haven’t been consistent. Whether you are a coder or a copywriter, to be a top player in your field, you have to bring your A game consistently to the court or the boardroom. Slumps happen when you slacken and become complacent. Don’t get ahead of yourself or take appreciation for granted. Start each assignment with a clean slate.
5 Keep forging ahead
Whether it is gender or physical capabilities, most workplaces are sensitive and factor in individuality. Work hard and establish yourself as an equal among greats, but do not let it crush your ambition. Being an Indian female badminton world champion was unprecedented before PV Sindhu made it, but she sure made it to the top!