I love playing tennis. I take lessons and stuff. And just like with everything I do, I have very high expectations on my delivery. That’s good, I guess, because it constantly pushes me to be the best I can be at whatever I do. But lately I have been underperforming (tennis wise) and it has put me in a bit of funk because of my high expectations.
Basically, when I don’t reach my expectations I get disappointed, I start focusing on things I can’t control and as a consequence my game gets even worse. To add fuel to the fire my shoulder is acting up too. Now seeing all this from a very narrow perspective (which I did), life and tennis sucked.
Today when I got on the court, my shoulder was worse than ever and I didn’t really expect much of anything. But watching Human with José Mujica a couple of hours earlier enabled me (in the middle of practice) to see every single shot as an opportunity rather than a hurdle. I mean at least I was on the court, rather than in a hospital bed or in a prison. And on top of that I was there out of my own choice, no one forced me to be there. So I managed to start seeing every shot as an opportunity rather than a hurdle and all of a sudden I was hitting the ball cleanly and consistently.
So what’s the moral of the story?
Well I know this is self development 101 but it’s also a reminder of how important it is to actively work with ourselves and our attitudes on a daily basis, no matter how “aware” we think we are. Otherwise, before we know it, we’ll be in the wrong place mentally and that’ll lead to underperformance in whatever we’re investing our time in.
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