On this Presidents’ Day, Black History Month and American Heart Month, GlamSlamTennis invites you to celebrate Leadership & Heart with us. We dedicate this post to ITF Hall of Fame member, Althea Gibson, because she so thoroughly personified Leadership, Heart and an unflappable determination to play the game.
Not only did Gibson lead by example persevering through the ugliness of racism and segregation during 1930s, 40s and 50s; but also, she kept at her game and played formidable, fabulous tennis. In addition to being the first African-American (male or female) to play on the world tennis tour, Gibson garnered 11 Grand Slam titles (5 in singles, 6 in doubles) along the way. And all these accomplishments preceded the Open Era, so Gibson’s championships came with titles and trophies but little or no prize money.
With USTA adult league season getting underway next month, there’s no better time to channel your inner Althea and put a plan in place to develop leadership and heart, on your own home court!
Clarity of vision is critical to team success.
I originally learned this concept as “begin with the end in mind” from Stephen Covey’s book the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” Now that I have kids, it’s all about magic wands and super heros!
Life is constantly changing and challenging us. Around every corner is yet another problem, issue or concern. We often look backwards for a solution. We ask, “How did I handle this situation before? Will that work again? How can I improve on what I did before?” Unfortunately, this approach often gets us more of the same – just a slightly different flavor or color!
Remember – if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten! Not sure where this came from yet it pretty much sums up sports psychology!
Time for the wand! You can have exactly what you want. Start to look at your team this way. There are no limits.
Clarity of vision is crucial to team success. Once you have a clear picture of what you want, then you can put together a plan for achieving it. Spend some time now (before the season starts) and get clear on what you want your team to be like. Be specific.
Create what you want this season. Be open minded. Ask lots of questions – like “What else do I want?” Breakthroughs come from questions not answers!
Once you are clear – share it with others. The more you put your vision out there, the more real it becomes.
So speak your vision to anyone who will listen!
Now, you and your team, go channel your inner Althea!