Did you know that Darwin and Tolstoy were considered ordinary children? That Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers of all time, was completely uncoordinated as a child? That the photographer Cindy Sherman, who has been on virtually every list of the most important artists of the twentieth century, failed her first photography course? That Geraldine Page, one of our greatest actresses, was advised to give it up for lack of talent? (Mindset, Dr. Carol Dweck)
A person's true potential is unknown and it's impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.
Let's just focus on that word 'toil' for a moment. I think toil is linked with 'error' and 'failure', two words that seem to carry negative connotation. But can we see error and failure in a different light? Can we actually turn them into a gift?
We believe that intellectual and physical skills can be developed through effort, so let's not be discouraged by failure, let's not even think we are failing, but instead let's think we are learning and through our errors and failures, 'scaffolding' ourselves up to higher levels. That's why we 'fight for every ball' - the language of 'effort' helps us to identify with the ground level struggle of failing, correcting, trying again, failing, correcting..... The philosophy of 'Everyball' (and the name given to our Academy at Halton Tennis Centre) is a call to arms, a philosophy to inspire greater effort, deeper practice and improved performance both on and off the court.
As everyball players we fight with our heads, hearts and legs. We make smart decisions and play with purpose and clear intention, we are courageous, resolute and determined, and we have the physical condition to run every last ball down. As performers we seek to live up to our own expectations under pressure, and we understand that our 'potential' is our capacity to develop our skills with effort over time (see Mindset again).
As everyball people we seize each day with integrity, courage and creativity. We seek to embrace discomfort and we take each day as an opportunity to grow and improve, meeting head-on the full range of life experience.