Table Tennis Blog
Achievement is subjective but the three key elements I mention are vital for all achievement levels
1. Perseverance/Grit: If you don't possess these key attributes you will never be a true winner! The reason most people on this planet walk is because they fell over many times and eventually they learnt to balance and coordinate themselves which led to them walking and then running. If we fell as babies and stopped getting back up, we would never walk. This principal applies to your (table tennis) game. If you are willing to fail and learn from your failures/mistakes (Grit characteristics) you will reap the rewards in good time.
2. Forget Goal setting: when setting a goal, we often set ourselves up for constant failure up until we have reached the goal. You can aim for the sky but plan small and give yourself specific targets to self-develop, rather than a long-term goal which is extremely hard to achieve. This will shift your mindset from constant failure to constant self-fulfilment and the journey itself will become a lot more joyful and who knows the ultimate dream may also be achieved!
How to implement? have a goal for each training session not for next month, next year or ten years. The key principal is enjoying the moment not what may or may not happen in the future. But don't forget to keep in the back of your mind that ultimate goal/dream, we must aim high to reach the top.
3. Joy & love: We all forget why we play and set our focus on competition, goals and keeping others happy. When you decide to play a sport such as table tennis it should be because you either have fun playing or love it. Joy will come and go and you will need to know whether the fun/love has gone or been misplaced. Try to make a change; coach, club, location, or different training methods and this will quickly provide you with the answer as to whether you still have joy playing. You will also know whether you still love playing or that inner joy has gone or not.
Focusing on keeping things simple but specific and everything else will fall into place.
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