Updated: May 28, 2020
I sometimes wonder to myself whether society hinders mastery. From a young age, I was taught that the harder you work in tennis (or any other task for that matter) the better you will get. Thus, I probably/or at least attempted to train harder than all my peers which only led to physical injuries and mental burn out. I wish I was told the advice of train smart not hard.
I was told by my peers that the Wim Holf Method, or any other breathing technique is “weird.” So, I never really attempted to preform a breathing method with tennis benefits such as strengthening your immune systems, helping muscle recovery, generating energy, generating better clarity, along with non-tennis benefits such as clearing up skin and helping with depression. etc. I mean think about what I just said. A breathing method that strengthens your immune system and makes you look and feel good is considered “weird.” It makes me think those people want me dead and ugly haha.
Visualization… As a junior tennis player, I never took the time to learn how to visualize properly because people consider visualization “hocus pocus.” Players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are using these strategies to spend less time on the court and lengthen their career. Ric Macy, legendary tennis coach who has taught several #1 players in the world, makes it a “must” in his academy.
Belief….Whenever someone asks me what is the potential of a kid I am training, most of the time I respond with “one in the world.” The person usually laughs. However, why not if that boy chooses to make the commitment of doing, thinking, and feeling what a person #1 in the world at his/her age would do, think, and feel?
I think the key message is to not trust everything society says. Look at information objectively and do what feels right to you.