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What is a top player?
Everyone has a different view of 'what a top player is' when I first started playing TT, the local league players was a top player in my eyes! Today I'm seen as a top player (locally, nationally and occasionally internationally). I personally don't consider my self as a top player because (as a teen I dreamed of becoming "A World Champion") I did not achieve this dream for many reason but I personally consider a top player someone who is ranked inside the worlds top 100 or that standard.
You may view a top player as; top 10 in your county or no.1 in your local club or possibly top 10 in the world. No matter what your view is of a top player you can become a top player yourself (depending on many factors of course) but it can be achieved by...
You need to do 3 things:
1. You need to have a vision and there is a huge difference between having goals and a vision. When you have goals your aiming to get somewhere but when it gets tough or you have not achieved certain goals which were set, you quit! Having a vision on the other hand means you see yourself achieving and doing whatever it takes to achieve those desired personal dreams. Having a vision does not mean you will always achieve what you want (due to age, personal capabilities, local/national structure, resources etc.) but having a vision gives you a far greater opportunity of achieving your dreams because you will do your utmost to break through the obstetrical, in making your vision a reality.
2. Sacrifice, no athlete has achieved without sacrificing many things in their lives, to achieve their dreams. This may mean moving to another country (e.g. Andy Murray) or giving up your weekends etc.
3. Plan, as the saying goes "fail to prepare... prepare to fail", that quote says it all.. nothing is produced without some sort of plan, yes you can go and train and improve without a specific plan but by turning up to a training session you have subconsciously planed to turn up to training for e.g. 8pm and practice your FH's and BH's etc. Then you play games and plan how to beat your opponent but the better you plan the chances of achieving and progressing is far greater.
Top players are not born they are made, so what are you waiting for? Go and make yourself a top player...