After another season of watching tennis in Australia Iíve been thinking about the lessons that we might be able learn from professional tennis players. Those pointers that help them to be successful that may also help us in our day to day life. Although the tennis players vary in their attitudes and ability to manage the physical and mental strains placed on them throughout the tournament, there do seem to be some very clear messages that come from those most successful that we could use in our own life.
1. Always keep the end goal in mind. Losing a point or having a minor setback shouldnít take over but be accepted and moved on from.
2. Remember the meaning and purpose behind the activity. Itís more than just the act of playing any individual game. Rather itís part of lifeís broader scheme. Part of a longer term goal. It matters to us, makes us who we are.
3. Respect the opponent as well as yourself. Having respect for others will help you respect yourself and be graceful regardless of outcomes. This will go a long way in building relationships and being seen as professional, and a decent person.
4. Each point matters. When we feel like giving up it can help to find a little bit of extra energy and make the most of the opportunity before us.
5. Manage our mind so that our body follows. The way we process our thoughts and make sense of any situation will affect how our body feels and copes with the situation.
6. Distractions can get in the way of achieving our goals. Whether this is a noise in the crowd or chatter from others we can become distracted and lose our focus if we donít manage those distractions in our life.
7. Being well prepared will help us do our best. Having done the hard work pre-season will mean we are most ready for the match when it arrives. This will be physical and mental work.
8. Look to a life outside of the game. Knowing that the game is an important part of life but not the only thing that matters will help keep a balance, keep a focus on other things that matter as well.
9. Take risks and know that sometimes these will pay off and other times they wonít. Knowing when to take a risk and when not to can help but sometimes itís worth just having a go and seeing what happens.
10. Dig deep and keep looking for inner strength. Sometimes itís during tough times that the inner strength and resilience really shines through.
These tips could help us as we move through our day to day life. Unlike tennis players we might now have the public spot light on us but we are all still faced with challenges and setbacks that we need to manage and grow from.