Every time Coach Tym writes an email I get a little giddy! I see it in the inbox and I know it will be good. I know there is going to be something pertinent in the text of his comments that I am going to be able to take away and use later. He is on my list of coaches to visit and spend some time with. I am always learning and he is always teaching and as long as he will keep sending me emails I will keep putting them up for others to see. He is a one-of-a-kind coach and he is a treasure! Everyone should read more from Coach Tym!
The following is from Coach Bill Tym as he writes to one of his players. I never tire of reading or hearing his stuff. Cause he has great stuff!
WINNERS ARE A SPECIAL and RARE BREED. They are fast becoming/have become an ENDANGERED SPECIES here in America. Not because of a shortage of intelligence….or a lack of talent…..but mainly due to the absence of SELF-DISCIPLINE……THE MOTIVATION TO MAKE YOURSELF DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO REACH YOUR GOALS AND BE SUCCESSFUL, RATHER THAN LETTING YOURSELF DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
THE EARLY BIRDS usually meet on Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings at 6:00- 7:00. When everybody is in town we also meet on Saturday and Sunday mornings as well…weather permitting. WHY? Because I have always believed that winning is the direct result of forming winning habits. And WINNING HABITS don’t require talent or intelligence….but they do require THE MAGIC OF REPETITION…..REPETITION…..REPETITION!!! The act of repeating the same thought….the same motion…..over and over and over again….until it BECOMES A HABIT.
Until you can perform the skill successfully every time you do it….WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT!
WHEN YOU CAN PERFORM A SPECIFIC SKILL (serving…volleying…overheads….half-volleys….dropshots….drop volleys….ground-strokes….service returns….approach shots….running
Passing shots….etc.) with CONSISTENCY….ACCURACY (by hitting targets 10 out of 10 times)
WITH PROPER TECHNIQUE and they are DEPENDABLE UNDER MATCH PLAY CONDITIONS and CRITICAL POINT SITUATIONS and you do it INSTINCTIVELY ……..then
YOU HAVE DEVELOPED WINNING HABITS……AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL…..and CONFIDENT. If you cannot do this then, you will be UNSUCCESSFUL and FRUSTRATED.
I need to share with you the fact that I am very concerned about your development and your future success….and want you to know that your future success and confidence is ENTIRELY IN YOUR HANDS! Your parents have given you an OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY to become EXCELLENT TENNIS PLAYERS. They have provided you with a means to learn and develop the physical and mental habits necessary to become an OUTSTANDING TENNIS PLAYER. They have arranged their daily schedules to accommodate your participation in an on-court learning experience that is the BEST IN THE COUNTRY! They have also given you the opportunity to test your skills on a regular basis by making it possible for you to compete in tournaments to test and compare your skills with others. They have also made sure that you have the BEST EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE, so that you are able to perform at the highest levels.
And I do believe that you have improved significantly since we have been working together…..toward the common goal of developing your potential in the game of Tennis. But I think it is essential that you understand, that if you are to be able to compete at a higher level and be successful in this game….or any other endeavor you undertake in Athletics or Academics then you must learn an important RULE….and that RULE is one that ALL the OUTSTANDING ATHLETES HAVE LEARNED AND LIVED BY…….THAT SUCCESS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU ACHIEVE BY DOING WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU……SUCCESS IS THE THE DIRECT RESULT OF DOING MORE THAN WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU! In other words, my motto has been to ALWAYS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS! Always go the EXTRA MILE. If you want to be your best then you need to pay the price….or I should say enjoy the price.
The major purpose of our working together in the EARLY BIRD SESSIONS is to teach you WHAT to PRACTICE…..and HOW to PRACTICE most efficiently and effectively. And by doing so, you will form the winning habits that are necessary to win matches….tournaments. These sessions give you the habits that you need in order to win at the higher levels……but they will show you what you need to do on your own…..or with others in the group if you are to develop the HABITS NECESSARY TO WIN AT THE HIGHER LEVELS. But they do not guarantee success unless YOU EXCEED EXPECTATIONS. For instance… When we have a session scheduled for 6:00-7:00 and it is cancelled because of weather…..ARE YOU USING THAT TIME TO DEVELOP WINNING HABITS BY……REVIEWING YOUR NOTES AND ARTICLES I have given you? Are you using the MAGIC OF REPETITION…..and THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION at home during that time we were unable to be on court…The WINNING HABITS that you need WILL ONLY BE FORMED IF YOU ARE EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS ….AND PRACTICING THESE SKILLS AT TIMES THAT WE ARE NOT TOGETHER. If you REALLY want to be a WINNER please realize that you need to go the EXTRA MILE on your own! Don’t just get up and drag yourself to the courts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday….Form the Habit of waking up EVERY MORNING….7 DAYS A WEEK….AND SOLIDIFY THE HABITS THAT WILL RAISE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND REDUCE YOUR FRUSTRATION
Everybody says they want to win tournaments and be a winner…..But only a few have the SELF DISCIPLINE TO DO WHAT WHAT IS NECESSARY….WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS TO FORM WINNING HABITS. WINNERS ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SELF DISCIPLINED AND WILL FORM THE HABIT OF DOING THOSE THINGS THAT FAILURS REFUSE TO DO
It’s got very litte to do with talent or intelligence. Which group do you want to be in? It’s all in your hands……You might start by reading this every morning before you begin your 6:00 a.m. practice session.
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