Certainly, I am no-one in tennis but have been playing leisure tennis (seriously) for sometime now. Started out with a player with lots of energy but no skill. But over period, I could acquire skills but could not win most of my matches. This made me think to analyze the Gaps in my game. After lots of deliberations, I came to realization that I was good at putting effort, improving on skills and being aggressive but was unable to hold my emotions.
Then, I go on to devise the formulas to pull myself out of loosing streak. Here are my experiments on self.
I told myself to remember Two Main Concepts.
- Getting out of my own way
- Trusting my athletic self
To do this, I planned to practice the tennis philosophy of “one shot at a time”. This can only be achieved by discipline to clear my mind constantly. In other words, it is like numbing my mind from thinking anything else. Then I gone back to my teaching of Yoga where it was taught the science of breath and meditation. So, I took two actions out of it:
- Focusing on my breath all the time
- Keeping eyes on Ball all the time
After achieving control on my emotion with above technique, I could see only four parameters to juggle with:
- The ball
- The court
- The opponents
- The OPTIONS
AND, many time, I have successfully used these techniques to dig myself out of a hole.
Even in situation, when you are down at 0-5 and 0-40 and looking at a humiliating loos down the barrel. Just by thinking positively from here on, could make thing dramatically different. In these situations, I thinks in two ways.
- If I am going to lose, let me give him some fight for a deserving loss
- If I am going to loose anyways, let me at least practice something those risky moves and shots. Who know, it might change the direction of game.
More courageous thinking could be, ” How about take the next 50 shots one at a time. Every time the ball crosses the net, it is my joyful opportunity to take my shot.” this may kill my opponent for “a Sad turn around!!!” …