The majority of athletes (and paddle players are part of it) idolize the success of their favorite players, but do not realize the work done upstream. Success does not come without work, and to work while being consistent requires consistency. We would just repeat the phrase of a well-known Brazilian football player, Juninho, who said, “Talent is nothing without work. “
Perseverance is what will take you always further, you will go through the levels much faster. The technical dimension will help you, but the mind is a much more important weapon. Take a simple example in modern tennis. Two players of the same generation, one who has inherited the talent (the closest in any case of Federer), and the other who has a perseverance in the effort. The first did not win a Grand Slam, and the second won 17 Grand Slam titles including 11 times Roland-Garros. One is Richard Gasquet, the other is Rafael Nadal.
How to be more persevering and achieve our goals?
You have to leave your comfort zone, which is not the easier part. You must always have in mind why you do it, which will help you keep your perseverance in the suffering. Because the suffering is temporary whereas the success is timeless.
Do not try to play obsessively, every athlete needs rest, your body will make you feel it, at the risk of getting hurt. You will have to find the right balance between perseverance, the desire to achieve your own goals, and the obsession to play padel, find the right compromise.
Negative thoughts will be your biggest enemies when you choose to leave your comfort zone. You will always have to put forward positive feelings, to repeat to yourself that you are able to succeed. You have to believe in yourself, try, have faith in you, and you will succeed.
Finally, you must communicate what you feel, with your friends or with your coach, he will guide you to, if necessary, change perspective. If you are alone or want to keep this for yourself, when you have a negative thought, have the reflex to write it. This will allow you to externalize it, and therefore to take it out of your mind.
Alexis Dutour est un passionné de padel. Avec sa formation en communication et en marketing, il met ses compétences au service du padel pour nous proposer des articles toujours très intéressants.