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When you are self-motivated, you have the desire to attain important goals. The more aware you are of yourself, the more you know yourself, the more self-motivated you will be. Self-motivation is taking personal initiative to set goals for yourself and do what is necessary to attain them. The source of self-motivation is not other people, though they can help you set conditions for improvement. Your motivation for action comes from within.

It’s important to develop an increased focus on what is important both on and off the tennis court. When you are self-motivated, you have positive energy that helps you control all aspects of your training. Self-motivation allows you to block out negative distrations and will give you more energy (physical and mental).

It’s important to develop an increased focus on what is important both on and off the tennis court. 

To build your self-motivation, identify personal goals that have meaning to you. You’ll remain self-motivated when your goals are ones that you can control. The driving force to attain a goal comes not from outside but from within. Create a list of goals and select the ones especially important for you. You can list your tennis goals, your physical fitness goals and also your daily living skills goals. Select between 3 and 6 goals.

SMART goals have five characteristics:

  • Specific – You and your coach know exactly what the goals are.
  • Measurable – You and others can measure your progress toward the goals.
  • Attainable – You are able to make progress and attain the goal.
  • Relevant – By attaining the goal, you will have become a better tennis player; the goal is relevant to your development as tennis player.
  • Time frame – You have a clear understanding of when you expect to attain the goal.

When setting goals, be specific. Specific goals convey information to both you and your coach. The more specific you can make a personal goal, the greater the chance you will be motivated by it.

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Learn how to measure goals so that you can better follow through. Review your practice and match-play performance. Compare your ratings with those of your coach and determine similarities and differences.

To attain goals, you must know what actions to take

Break down your personal goals into simpler components. To attain goals, you must know what actions to take. Know and determine why your goals are relevant. Determine goals in terms of short term and long term attainability.

You can discuss your goals with other people – coach, parents, friends.Use other to give you feedback and monitor your shor-term and long-term goals. Discussing your goals with other people is an effective way to get them involved positively in your game. Seek help, guidance, and ongoing support and monitoring by others. The key is to learn to monitor your progress continually.

Establish a benchmark to know where you began to measure your progress. Determine your progress toward each of your goals. Knowing where you are and where you came from will allow you to measure your progress effectively. Know where you are heading. Be flexible and able to adjust your goals based on your progress. Learn to define and monitor the quantity of your practice and proress. Quantify refers to the number of times you practice. Quality refers to the effort you expend to achieve your goals. Making changes in goals is characteristics of the mentally efficient tennis player.

Working on your goals means using visualisation. Visualisation is a personal process involving the forming of mental images, or pictures, about your tennis performance. The more often you use visualisation, the better your chances of being motivated to hit and execute a specific shot. Through visualisation, you can put yourself in positive states of thought and emotion. Make the mental images relate to your goals. Make a list of your personal goals and the associated mental images. You can use a ‘positive image form’ to describe your chosen images.

Visualisation should be scheduled, not random

The very important point is that visualisation should be scheduled, not random. Collect visual images of yourself that you can refer to for reference and reinforcement. Look at your still pictures and videos regularly. Add to your positive images throughout the tennis season. Positive affirmation will help in maintaining motivation, help you concentrate on what you are trying to accomplish on court, and allow to reestablish your focus if you lose it. The next step is to identify specific positive states that you want to attain as a tennis player. Write a positive affirmation for each specific positive state and read your ‘positive affirmation form’ often. Especially before your matches.

If you want to know more about Vida Mind, do a free session with Dr. Damien Lafont. Contact him at info@vidamind.com.au or call 0435 819 262 and he will get in touch with you to schedule 45 min with you either in person or over Skype. In this free info session with him, you’ll go through what is keeping your performing at your best. You’ll know Dr Lafont, how he works and whether you are a good fit for each other.

 

 

vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane