Mastering tennis is no walk in the park. The intricacies of the game demand attention to various facets for enhanced performance and readiness to face unforeseen challenges. Coach Marcin Bieniek explains how to achieve proper perspective to make sure that doubts and unexpected losses don’t limit your chances of achieving success in the future.
In the dynamic world of tennis, each day is a fresh opportunity to get better and build strong habits. Regardless of a player’s mood or schedule, commitment to necessary tasks separates the proactive from the idle. The cumulative effect of consistent efforts manifests in tangible improvements or a stagnation that lasts for months. That is why it is crucial to have a positive mindset and to always believe that everything is possible if proper work is done.
In an individual sport like tennis, players bear the weight of responsibility for every decision, action, and consequence. To make sure that there is energy and motivation to improve day in and day out, the player’s perspective must incorporate specific element and must not be focused just on obstacles. Unfortunately, too many players find themselves mired in negative thinking, hampering their ability to maintain confidence and strive for ambitious goals.
You decide what you focus on and how you look at a given situation. Nobody can force you to be more positive or negative, so you have to learn how to control your mindset and always include specific factors that will give you a helpful perspective in your quest to improve your performance.
Here are key areas to apply the proper perspective:
For many players, results are the most important. They believe that winning matches increases their chances for a bright future while losing matches crosses out the chances to be a successful pro. The score can give some indicators but you need a broader perspective to be able to constantly push yourself and maintain focus on the things that you can control without losing the willingness to improve. View each result not as a verdict, but as information revealing strengths and areas for enhancement, guiding the journey toward becoming a better player with each passing day.
2. Daily progress
Every day is an opportunity to improve different areas of tennis development. Players have 24 hours to dedicate to activities and they decide where they are going to direct their energy and focus.
Players have to deal with a lot of challenges (tiredness, lack of motivation, missing shots), but the decisions they make facing every challenge will have consequences in the future. Understanding the profound impact of each decision on habit formation and effectiveness, it is much easier to do what is necessary and to do it with the highest physical and mental effort.
Your tennis future depends solely on you. You can think that a lot of factors, especially these difficult ones, have an impact on your possibility to succeed but the truth is that only your reaction to these situations counts and will decide what you will achieve. However, to know what to do and to not waste precious time given for improvement, you need a perspective related to your future. Always know where you are going and what is necessary to achieve to get there.
Be aware of your needed level of performance in the future and work every day on the aspects that will decide about your success in one or two years. Knowing what you work for, small failures will not make you lose hope and motivation, because you will know that it is a process and you are still in the game.
Every tennis player has the same right to become the next tennis champion. This right is related to making decisions that will positively impact the process of improvement. It is not always easy to decide what will be the best for your career, so having a proper perspective is of utmost importance to increase the chance of achieving the goal. Make sure that your perspective includes a variety of factors and that you never have doubts about your game because of some emotional reaction to difficulties.
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