I am sure everyone reading this has seen someone carrying on in a way that they felt was counter productive for the situation they were in.
Whether that be watching a tennis match, in a heated discussion with someone or simply over hearing someone talking about something. Their negativity could be felt.
We all have moments that we wish we could have again, so we could do it differently.
I know I do!
Looking back in my life and having learnt and put into practice certain personal skills lately, I realised - My thoughts effect how I feel and how I feel effects how I act.
It's a pretty simple formula. To live a productive, successful and fulfilled life can be challenging and can seem so far away at times.
If we can get control our thoughts, feel better about a situation or ourselves, we will act more positively and produce better results - Make sense?
So what does this have to do with tennis? Well, everyone who has ever been a part of the game at any capacity, knows how complexed it is. Mentally it can be brutal.
Having a high mental capacity is needed to draw the most out of yourself and having a high mental capacity involves being resilient, staying positive, believing in yourself and knowing you are worthy of success.
The problem is most players fall short on these areas. Their tennis positive thinking is no existent, they don't have the ability to "hang in there" or turn a bad situation around, it's very common.
So what can you do? I'm not a psychologist but I've learnt some principles that have been effective for me and those I have shared them with, here are two of them.
If you want to develop a good habit when on court and improve your positive thinking;
Stop focusing on what you don't want; focus on what you want.
If your thoughts about yourself and what you are doing are limiting thoughts the outcome will be disappointing and more often than not, not be the outcome you wanted. If your thoughts are positive thoughts, with positive results they will eventually transpire.
I want to leave you with this - We know we function better, get better results, feel better and achieve more when we are in a positive state.
Next time you find yourself battling with limiting thoughts, remember you have a choice whether you stay there and battle them or let them go and focus your energy on what's important and what's going to benefit you!
To improve your tennis positive thinking, focus on what you want! You control your thoughts, how you feel and how you act. Take ownership and Step up and step in!