Table Tennis has played a huge part in my life and in many ways I owe my success to the sport
Fail to plan, plan to fail
There are three types of sports people in life: a loser, a participant and a winner.
More often than not we choose our destiny (consciously or subconsciously).
Most have the same aspirations and dreams "to be a Winner" but most don't have the PLAN and true WILL to be a WINNER!
As a child I generally played on the streets, rarely seeing my mother or father, I was able to explore and do what I wanted. This gave me the belief that anything is possible and I developed the hunger, heart and determination needed to become a champion but I lacked one key factor a PLAN.
I had dreams of becoming world champion and I was willing to do whatever it takes in order to achieve that dream. Unfortunately I did not have a guide/coach so I took it upon myself to do what I thought was right (watching the best players play and practice).
I practiced very hard like a professional and I emulated the technical aspects which I saw. I progressed very fast and throughout my junior career I genuinely believed I would become world champion one day!. At 17-18 years of age reality hit me and I realised that I was nowhere near the level I needed to be to achieve my ultimate ambition. So I stopped playing table tennis at 19 only to come back a year later.
I had a dream and the desire but I didn't have guidance and nor did I have a specific plan, this ultimately lead me into the losers category.
You must have someone who has either experienced your chosen journey or the knowledge needed to guide and direct you towards your destination. I was ignorant and didn't know that it was virtually impossible to become a table tennis world champion starting at the age of 14 being based in England (a relatively weak table tennis nation).
If your under the age of ten you have a chance but you must have a guide/coach to porvide the knowledge needed and set a plan...
Your guide or coach
They need to be:
1. Be realistic- this means the ultimate goal must be recognised early doors. So if the child says he wants to be world champion but does not have the mind and attribute needed then you need to find the pathway and plan for their vision.
2. Have experience or a vision which co-insides with the pupils vision and belief
3. MOST IMPORTANTLY the coach must have a PLAN. It's easy to quit, it's difficult to stay in the game and it's virtually impossible to become world champion. So to become special you must have a plan in place to drive you and make you hit targets on your way towards success. Often we are caught in a system and become either a follower (participant) or we leave (loser). If you have a vision and know what you wish to achieve then creating a plan is easy because you know where you are going.
We see something we like and decide to go into that field but more often than not we are sucked into a system. A set way of training, a set tournament schedule and a set belief system.
You are an individual which means if you follow or copy others it's highly unlikely that you will be a champion.
You must have a plan in place that suits you specifically.
Things which need to be taken into account:
Your body shape and height
Your mind set
Your work rate
Your sacrifice (level)
And so on
Once all of this has been taken into account a plan can be placed with a specific training schedule; mental training, nutritional plan, physical training and optional target hitting chart.
Please note a plan can be altered or changed depending on the situation but a plan must always be in place if you truly want to be in that small group of Winners.