1. Practice. A: The biggest reason to practice is to become consistent in your timing to repeat great shots more often. B: Practice is important to reduce pressure as you need to throw a great shot in a close match, because you have done it a thousand times before in practice and competition. Throwing great shots when needed will help build on your confidence.
2. Know your equipment. A: The most important reason is to help avoid injury and the other reason is so the shoe helps you in competition, and worn out soles or heals can be replaced before the match. B: The checklist is more for traveling to a tournament that is over two hours away. It’s really about having everything needed for any trip, even if it’s just for the weekend. The list is to help you avoid having to go to the laundromat or buying anything you left behind, for a less stressful adventure. Stress destroys confidence as you’re more worried about something, instead of focusing on your current match. Running around to buy items left behind can get you into a rushed situation, maybe losing some sleep from it and you may start to rush your tempo. Rushed shots can lead to bad results and a loss of confidence. match is close,
3. Remain positive. A: Listening to your favorite music such as Phlash Phelps gets you relaxed before any match. You’ll notice a lot of pros are wearing headphones these days so the time before the game seems quicker and will help with the butterflies in your stomach. There’s no sense in stressing out right before the match. B. With a positive attitude, you’ll be more receptive to learning as almost every competition will be a learning experience regardless of the outcome. They say you learn something new every day. I say you’ll learn something almost every event you compete in. Being positive will keep you from tilt. Being on tilt should cause you to make rushed decisions or maybe no decision and you could lose a close match. Having fun and staying positive will keep you engaged in the match to make the best decisions possible.
4. Goals. Goals are about setting your sights on achieving great things. Obviously, injuries and age can affect your goals and making them harder to accomplish. Without any major injury, A: is to reexamine your season goal and establish a new goal that may be attained and the use your original goal as your new goal. Achieving your first goal will help achieve many more goals in your career. B: Goals will change once you reach one, they will also change once you make the playoffs and should change to keep your focus on the overall career goal. C:The worksheet is to keep you focused so that your goals will be the driving force for great accomplishments and be used only if you feel the season goal might be a little high for this season. It should help you obtain a reasonable goal that requires some work and make you more focused on your career goal.
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