“You have to run to the net”
“I am going to toss the ball and when your opponent hits it to you, I want you to run to the net.”
“You command more of the court and have greater control when you play the net.”
My husband and I took tennis lessons this summer and it was so fun!
We are both intermediate players and wanted to improve our skills.
I know how to do volleys and play the net when playing doubles tennis, but in singles I rarely run to the ball and play an offensive game.
I typically hang back and wait for my opponent to hit the ball, thinking I would have more opportunity to reach the ball if I were farther back.
I was nervous running towards the net and playing offensively.
What if he hit it over my head? What if I missed the volleys?
It’d be too late to run back and get the ball.
But running to the net was exhilarating! I felt powerful and in control.
I was able to place the ball with a volley much better than I could hitting from a farther distance.
When you play defensively, you are at the mercy of whatever your opponent decides to do, always on your toes responding to what comes at you.
You have very little time to decide how you want to play and must have greater control over the ball to place it where you want.
I thought about that lesson afterwards and realized (this is going to be a big, bold statement)
it really relates to everything in life as well.
When we live our lives in a defensive mode- waiting to see what comes at us, responding to events and circumstances, we are never in control.
We are off balance, waiting to respond, at the mercy of others.
We end up spending so much time deflecting or correcting that we have no time to dream and plan and create the lives we want.
We have all heard the saying, “leap and the net will appear”.
This means we can’t let fear hold us back from making a move; that action is required in order to get what we want and if we take that leap of faith, a net will appear to save us.
We cannot wait to see the safety net before taking action. We must act AND THEN we will learn we are safe and all will be well.
From what I learned from my tennis instructor, I propose a different saying, “Run TO the net”.
Force the net to appear but running towards what you want. Play an offensive life by thinking and dreaming about what you want and moving towards it BEFORE you know how you will manage.
Know that you will have MORE control over your life rather than less, when you move confidently in the direction you want to go.
Your life is yours to create. You get to design it how you want. You do not have to hold back and wait to see what happens.
ACT and things will happen.
Run TO the net and see how your life gets better.
I have always wanted to go to Greece and the Mediterranean. Since I am now running towards what I want, I am going to share a delicious Mediterranean salad recipe for you.
Eating their delicious food is a first step to getting me there soon J
Recipe (low GI): Mediterranean Salad
1 cucumber, chopped
½ cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup black olives
¼ red onion, diced
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
1 dash sea salt
1 dash black pepper
Place first five ingredients together in a bowl.
Add remaining ingredients to a jar (to make the dressing) with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously.
Add dressing to salad and gently toss.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: Add chopped avocado for even more fiber and healthy fat.