As an aspiring tennis player, you must learn how to train the way you fight and fight the way you train. To win you need to prepare and practice winning. Winning is a habit that starts long before the actual event. Preparing to win requires dedication, hard work and training.
1. Commitment - understanding your dream and adopting a purpose driven life
2. Truth - knowing one's self
3. Excellence - not a final destination, it is a habit, a lifestyle and should become a way of living day - to - day
Commitment is dedicating oneself to doing everything with all of your energies and skill - every time in everything. Physically fit, mentally tough, tactically shrewd, poised and passionate are the characteristics of commitment.
Truth? Why is truth fundamental to being a champion? While you might achieve much and win some awards without it, you will never become the champion you could have been. To be a true champion, you must be honest with yourself about progress, your disappointments and with whom you must share the credit.
Excellence is not a final destination, it is a habit, a lifestyle and should become a way of living day-to-day. Finding the champion in you isn't just about adopting good values and a healthy lifestyle, it involves repetition.
It is also about self-discipline. At the high school and club levels, 9 out of 10 times, the player who wins, is the one who can more consistently return the ball and show the self discipline and patience to pick their opportunities.
"I don't expect my clients to arrive with all of the above qualities, just the commitment to work with me to find it in them." - Warwick Bashford
Whether working with Warwick in a clinic, private lesson, or as part of a team, you will hear, "Commitment", "Truth" and "Excellence", repeated many a time along your journey to becoming a Champion.
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What is Tennis Mental Toughness and why you need it
Tennis Mental Toughness means taking control of your Emotions (thoughts, feelings and attitudes) enabling you to persevere and overcome any obstacle, adversity, or pressure experienced, especially under pressure, but also to maintain concentration and motivation when things are going well to consistently achieve results.
If you want to compete with the rest of the world, you have to set new standards and Tennis Mental Toughness Training is part of the process. The standards I’m talking about here involve focusing on, "how you can constantly and perpetually improve the 'quality' of what you make or what you do."
TMT is about thinking objectively
Objective reality means making sure one perceives his or her skill level as close to reality as possible. Most people who think they are Professionals are mildly to extremely delusional regarding one's career skills, work ethic, attitude, goals, etc. This is a serious issue especially as it relates to your skill level. (A tennis player who believes she is pursuing to be a True Champion but will continue to make excuses and blame others as she continues to manifest Amateur results. She will remain confounded and excuse prone until a world-class coach steps in and coaches her into objective reality).
TMT is about leading through