1. Play tennis because YOU want to. Your happiness and well-being is more important than success. If playing tennis isn’t in your heart, then try something else. DO IT FOR YOU!
2. Focus on the process, not the outcome. If you keep improving each day, the wins and titles will be the result. If you only focus on winning, you will be too worried about not making mistakes, which might lead to a loss consequently. Focus on the process of winning instead.
3. Don't worry about what other people think. Only focus on yourself and the goals you have. Too many people get caught up with "people pleasing" and trying to impress family, friends, coaches and teammates. Unfortunately, trying to make these other people happy distracts you from who is really important – YOU! It also adds extra pressure on you unnecessarily.
4. Treat all competitions the same. No matches should be treated special. A friendly scrimmage, a championship tournament, or a competitive practice drill should all be taken seriously to the same degree. Don’t perceive championships any different than you would a friendly scrimmage – focus on both situations the same way.
5. Control the things you can control. Only focus on the things you can control and don’t preoccupy yourself with things you can’t – it’ll only frustrate you!
EFFORT- 100% all the time winning or losing.
ATTITUDE- positive and composed regardless of circumstances.
EXECUTION- Be aggressive. Err on the side of being gutsy!
6. Forgive yourself quickly. Use mistakes as a learning opportunity and make sure to cut yourself some slack. Mistakes are inevitable, and the best way to forget about one is to make up for it on the next play. But you can’t move forward if you’re still worried about the past. Spend at least 90% of your time on the solution (how to improve) and no more than 10% on the problem (why did it happen?).
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