How To Quiet Your Mind During Tennis Practice Or A Match
There is a very simple technique that will help you quiet the mind during tennis.
It happens often that while we train we start thinking about other things we need to do – whether they are related to tennis or even something else.
We think about money, job, partners, kids, your to do list, the homework, the future – and those thoughts keep entering our mind and they keep distracting us.
We simply cannot focus 100% on tennis and on the current point or the ball exchange. We therefore play poorly and get even more distracted and less focused.
Here’s what to do to quiet your mind: every time you start thinking about something or worrying about something, simply ask yourself:
“Is there anything I can do right now about that – while I am on a tennis court until my lesson / match is over?”
You’ll realize that there is NOTHING you can do while you’re playing tennis to make a change or affect the issue your thinking about.
That way you’ll show your mind that it’s totally pointless to think about anything else on a tennis court besides tennis.
When you do that, your mind will accept this – and stop sending those thoughts.
You can even tell yourself (and your mind), that as soon as the lesson is over, you’ll again be able to worry again. But until the lesson is over, you are totally powerless to do anything about any issue off the court.
Ask yourself this simple question the next time you start thinking about something on court and let me know what happens!
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2 Responses to “How To Quiet Your Mind During Tennis Practice Or A Match”
tennis partner Says:
November 1st, 2010 at 12:08 am
Great point about being distracted by outside issues such as work, kids, etc. I find that my mind wanders when the score is not close and then invariably, guess what? – it gets close again! Got to learn to stay focused!
November 8th, 2010 at 4:00 pm
This sense of “accepting” is like a magic trick in tennis mental game. Once I was chocking to close the set, but I just said to myself “I am chocking, it is ok, just play” After 3 points I started to feel way less nervous!