You're right, not the normal greeting for this time of year, but for the year to 'bear fruit' it must be challenging. For it to be challenging you've got to set yourself some outcome or learning goals where your reach just exceeds your grasp, where failure is possible, where you have to choose between playing to win and playing not to lose!
Paul Tough writes in his recent book How Children Succeed that the essential ingredient is encountering adversity in childhood and learning to overcome it. He writes that children in the lowest strata of society are so beset by challenges and starved of recourses that they don't stand a chance of experiencing success. But, here's another paradox, kids at the top of the heap, who are raised in cosseted settings, praised for being smart, bailed out of predicaments by helicopter parents, and never allowed to fail or overcome adversity on their own initiative, are also denied the character building experiences essential for success later in life. A kid who's born on third base and grows up thinking she hit a triple is unlikely to embrace the challenges that will enable her to discover her full potential. A focus on looking smart keeps a person from taking risks in life, the small ones that help people rise toward their aspirations, as well as the bold, visionary moves that lead to greatness. Failure, as Carol Dweck tells us, gives you useful information, and the opportunity to discover what you're capable of doing when you really set your mind to it. (From 'Make It Stick)
Everyball Tennis programmes begin at our various sites this week where our sport, at whatever level you play, provides you with the unique opportunity to learn and grow and have fun.
So make it a goal this year to embrace failure as a positive step to learning as you commit to fight for every ball, to run down every ball and to play every ball with courageous purpose. See every ball as an opportunity to explore your 'becoming self', your curiosity and creativity, and know that 'everyball' extends beyond our sport as you learn and refine the fundamental life-skills that enable you to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Make 2015 an 'Everyball' year. Come and join us - firstname.lastname@example.org, James Morgan (Programmes Manager/Halton Head Coach) 07981 152818, Danny West (Tring Head Coach and now a Daddy!) 07748 633671, and Mike James (Director/Founder) 07958 008312
My challenge over the holiday period was an ocean swim on New Year's eve morning at 6.30 am (in warm climes dare I say!) that has inspired me to do a 10k open water swim in the UK this summer. Wet suit here we come!
Greetings from Manly Beach. A little run this morning followed by a swim! Merry Christmas everyone!
Considering your 2015 new year resolutions? Here's a thought to help you on your way.