Building character through Tennis
How tennis builds characters and why is that a leadership profile?
Tennis is an individual sport, there is no one to blame for your decisions. As any other individual sports when playing tennis is a matter of competing with yourself and that s by assessing correctly the role on the court.
Assessing Responsibility within the game creates a set of routines that are triggers the need of perpetually trying to improve: to hit shots faster, improve placement, surprise your opponent, make your footwork more efficient than it was the last point.
The need to improve points to the fact that you’re constantly analyzing your weaknesses and strengths, and adjusting your game not only to your state of mind and physical condition, it is also a matter of adjusting as per environmental conditions.
Being Aware of Yourself is about learning to manage yourself. Being conscious of your emotions it impacts how well your mental and physical state can be adjusted as per conditions of the game.
Unlike many sports, in tennis You’ll Fail Often. Being the strongest, fastest and most athletic tennis player it does not mean you are the best tennis player or that you will win the game. Remaining calm, not frustrated is what differentiate the champions from the other tennis players. Therefore, tennis it’s mostly a mental sport.
Remaining Engaged in your performance regardless of how far ahead you are, because you never know when circumstances will change is the attitude of the great tennis players. Apart from the athletic abilities, being a great tennis player is mostly Not Quitting when the chips are down, and gutting it out
Tennis It’s Mostly Mental. That is why mental training comes up with a minimum set of guidelines:
- When a person says one thing and does another – compromises integrity with the use of half-truths and lies and not doing something to the best of their ability;
- When the mind is not focused – triggers doubts and prompt to quit when facing challenges also, not allows timed decisions;
- Arguments a way of disobedience – a mind full of noise distracts from acting immediately and leads to lack of self-control;
- Oversimplification a way out of trouble& Blaming others a way out to avoid confronting versus Lack of self-discipline – not looking for every single factor t is influencing performance & creating an excuse after failing to perform are rationalizations to cover up one’s faults;
- Food has a psychological meaning in everyone’s life – Achieving potential by eating and hydrating with the right food and drinks could be one of the most difficult challenges;
Discipline is a matter of choice. Being able to make that choice it’s translated by telling yourself what should be done so that the scope could be achieved though, sometimes what you want to do is not what you need to do.
As for being competitive, this goes hand in hand with discipline. Being competitive comes along with the mental toughness. The competitive player is the one who never gives up because mental toughness is the ability to remain resilient despite setback.
Remain calm and collected when facing match points not only that only saves energy is also a matter of decision making in finding the way out to wining.
Making a decision and acting upon it are the first steps to creating habit cues, and habits are what governs how disciplined you become: Lack of mind discipline is an attitude that reflects what is in a person’s heart and soul.
I foster and intend to create a supportive environment, where coaches and players are trained in both clinical and development techniques help for work through their problems. I’ve also seen that sport can be a strong complement to traditional psychotherapy when helping people heal from trauma, manage their mental health and learn to cope.