Putting It All Together, Part 1

puzzle1Chapter Eleven


It’s time for you to put it all together. I’ve told you what you need to do, but you don’t have to do it alone. Plenty of us out here have been in your shoes, and we all have the common denominator of wanting more out of this great game. You have to remember that there’s a reward in the journey, and here’s what I mean. This literally has the power to change your entire way of looking at your tennis game:

“Success on the tennis court does not have nearly as much to do with your results as it has to do with the kind of person you have to become to get those results.” -Coach Kyril

Make no mistake; this game will test you to the depths of your soul. The changes you will make in the way you approach the game are really changes you are making about yourself as a person. By applying the techniques and strategies you have been shown, you will be changing yourself as a player as well. With there always being exceptions to the rule, a player who has developed an outstanding tennis game is usually an outstanding individual in other areas of their life. The intangible qualities it takes to become a fine tennis player are the same ones found in a upstanding person. The dedication, determination, focus, will and composure that is evident in their game should come as no surprise when you see them off the court. It really is about changing yourself as a person; then you will see the changes in yourself as a player.

A good example of this can be seen when you look at what happens to many peoples’ lives when they win Powerball lottery; what do you see? In two years a good deal of these people are far worse off than before. The pressures of family, being suspicious of other peoples’ motives, having to ‘watch your back’, worrying about losing the money you lucked into, bad investments…the list goes on. Many of these people were not psychologically prepared for dealing with that type of windfall, nor the pressures that it brings. Why? Because they are still the same people they were before they won the money. How does this apply to your tennis game? Well, as you move along on your tennis journey, and develop the skills you have been taught in this book, you will be prepared for whatever success comes your way – not only in tennis, but other areas as well -because you’ll be expecting it. You’ll have earned it.

Tennis is a great equalizer. You could be at a dinner party with the C.E.O. of a huge Law Firm, a Real Estate Mogul, a Stock Market Whiz Kid, an Oil Tycoon and a highly ranked pro tennis player and I guarantee you that after the introductions are made, they’ll all be looking at the pro tennis player, with glassy eyes and a far away look, thinking “wow, now that’s cool…”. Do you want to know why? Because in their heart of hearts, these people have a respect for that tennis player, because they know that he/she is probably doing what they truly love to do, and probably also took some great risks to get where they are at – just like they may have taken to get where they’re at in life. Common ground, so to speak. This does not diminish the accomplishments of anyone else in the room, it simply distinguishes one kind of person’s accomplishments from other peoples’ accomplishments. There are not as many pro tennis players in the world as there are people in the aforementioned fields of real estate, the stock market, etc. What they do qualifies them as unique, and sometimes unique is just plain cool.

In our next installment, we’ll finish putting together the pieces for your action plan and give you specific steps to take that will have you well on your way to playing some ‘next level’ tennis!

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