Yesterday I had my first tennis lesson with a pro at our club.
The last (and only) lesson I’ve ever had was in 1981, so it’s been a minute.
I’m a do it yourself kind of person.
I like figuring things out and implementing myself.
The problem with this is that there’s a limit to how far I can take my own self.
And like I always say, “I didn’t come this far only to come this far.”
So that’s why now I have a pro tennis coach.
His name is Ronnie and something happened during our hour that I wanted to share with you.
After he had me go through a series of shots to evaluate my game (forehand, backhand, volley, and serve), he asked what I thought the weakest part of my game is and I told him my backhand, for sure.
I explained that I’d broken my wrist twice and have some arthritis that’s preventing me from getting much power on that shot.
If I have to run for a backhand, I don’t have enough strength to hit a cross-court shot back.
He listened patiently while I kept droning on about my weak wrist and finally said “You just made up a story about yourself and the worst part is you believe it.”
Uh… say what now?
He went on to say “What I see has nothing to do with your wrist. In fact, you have a gorgeous natural backhand slice that I wouldn’t dream of changing one bit.”
Then he had me hit a backhand and shouted STOP before I could move out of position.
He told me to look at my feet and asked where they were pointing.
I looked down and they were pointing BACKWARD to my left.
My feet were perfectly placed to hit it where I’ve always hit it… barely over the net and OUT.
He said your feet should be pointing where you want the ball to go.
So, we tried it again – this time making sure my feet were pointing toward my target not away from it – and you probably know what happened…
… a cross court baseline winner that had so much power on it I felt like Serena Williams.
I had to do it another 10 times just to prove to myself it wasn’t a fluke.
And each shot got better than the last.
I just stood there speechless for a minute and then he asked…
“Do you have any other made up stories about yourself you want to share?”
There’s a deeper lesson here that I’ve been thinking about.
One that applies to all areas of life and that’s why I wanted to share it with you.
What stories are we making up about ourselves and actually believing?
Here are a few I’ve heard from would-be investors in the last few weeks…
I don’t have any money to invest.
The stock market is risky so I’m not going to invest in stocks.
I’m too old to start investing.
I can’t invest now, there’s a recession coming.
Just like my ‘weak’ wrist, these are all complete BS stories people made up and believe.
Look, I can’t fix your money mindset by just having you move your feet.
Like tennis, investing is 80% a mental game.
I have Ronnie to help me with mine.
I’d love to be the one to help you with yours.
Because you haven’t come this far only to come this far.