By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson
[dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]W[/dropcap]hen you hear talk about the “joyous chaos” in which creative types are supposed to revel, you’re hearing from people who aren’t creative.
As Rafael Nadal writes in RAFA (and proves on the court), the discipline reflected in a few “inflexible routines” can anchor dedication and devotion. I’ve seen a lot of chaos. Little of it has been joyous.
What Nadal shows us about discipline, dedication, and devotion, is that these three dimensions of focused endeavor don’t hold still in a neat progression for us. When you drop a set, it might just be the discipline of those “inflexible routines” that makes you rededicate yourself to turning the match around.