At a young age, some people gets pushed to do sport and spend most of their times to prepare for the competitions and eventually achieve their dreams. In some of the sports athlete practice up to 6 hours daily which it takes hard work and courage to maintain the focus throughout the years. As being former tennis player I went through a lot during the times when I gave all my time to achieve to be a top professional tennis player. Drinking 5 raw eggs was the first thing to do when I started the day at 6:30 and skipping 1000 skips and then only have breakfast. The pressure, never giving up and going after my dreams were among the values that I gained while I was a tennis player.
In average, the tennis players play 20 tournaments a year, every match they play is under pressure. It is easy to tell the tennis players not to worry and just enjoy it but it is completely different when you are on the tennis court competing against a player that is fighting as hard as you do. The tennis players travel to all around the world to play tournaments some weeks in Japan and another week in South Africa. The cost of playing tournament can be very expensive with the flight tickets and accommodation for yourself and for the coach. Every match played in the tournament is under pressure, there are so many people that depend on your performance. The muscles get tight and hands start to shake, only thing comes to your mind is “need to focus”. The average tennis match is 1 hour and 30 minutes and it can get up to 3 to 5 hours regardless if it is in summer or winter. Handling pressure since the age of 8 is one of the nature of tennis players. I remember the times when it gets to 5/5 in the third set tiebreak after playing for 3 hours in summer, handling the pressure during these times are experiences which are rear to find in other places.
Never give up
I saw so many people giving up at workplaces and in business due to pressure. I saw people quitting because they cannot handle pressure at their job. Imagine if Andy Murray quite after every match he lost in tennis, he would never be Olympic Gold medalist in Tennis or Wimbledon Champion. In tennis or any types of sports quitting is just not an option. It is the worst feeling losing first round in the tournament after flying for over 10 hours to another country and trained for 5 hours of tennis and 3 hours of fitness every day. Regardless of losing in the first round or in finals, we try even hard to be ready for the next tournament.
Going after your dreams
It is easy to dream but it is hard to achieve the dreams, there are so many sacrifices that need to be done to achieve your dreams. I gave up so many years of my life for tennis, but it was worth every hour that I gave up for tennis. When I used to play tennis I would learn from every match, there was a time when I lost a match because I wasn’t fit enough. I would try to sprint on every lap when our fitness coach used to make us run 6 laps around the athletic tracks on every Monday. Regardless of the pain, we would do what every it takes to achieve our goals, these are the values that is required in life to be better athlete to get to your dreams. We were taught to set short term goals which would help us to get to the long term goals. These things are being taught at corporations and organizations to their employees to achieve the short term goals in order to achieve the long-term goals.
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