March 19, 2017
The Nobel Prize (In which there are 5 categories for) is a very prestigious award. The winners are recognized for their academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances. What rarely people ask is what these people do after their given such an award. Does it boost their motivation to do more? Research shows this is not likely the trend. As you see from the graph below, the amount of research someone does after receiving a Nobel Prize drops significantly, showing a less concerted effort to keep improving in their field. Basically, they stop learning and trying so hard.
Making the Connection
So you are probably wondering how this is related to your development as a tennis player. It's rather simple really. The more we win the more we tend to coast in our development. After all, why bother with training so hard if less training will get me the same results? This can lead to stagnant production in strokes, fitness and overall commitment towards your game. I know the feeling. Coasting along in a 4.5 league I just figured I would show up and play as I was rarely challenged at that level. Going to a 5.0 league was a much different experience as I paid for any lack of preparation. The intensity if practices had to be increased to keep up with the higher level of competition.
So the Question Is
This leads to the big question. Is your success impeding your progress as a tennis player? Are you rarely challenged in your matches? If so, it may be time to find a higher level of players to train or compete with. Being comfortable is a natural desire for us but that is also why it is so common to see one time grand slam champions as many tend to relax and be comfortable with their playing. Remember, there is always another level for you to get to! The pursuit of perfection in an imperfect game allows you to never be satisfied and continue towards improving your game.
Check out a video below that can help you protect the muscle we tend to ignore that is very important for the health of our legs; the hamstrings!