Winners Make Goals, Losers Make Excuses- Fran Davis
A dream is a commitment made in your mind . . . a goal is a commitment made on paper. Your mind is a goal-seeking mechanism, and it thrives on challenges. Your brain has been programmed to set goals and then select appropriate information in order to achieve the end result you want. You need enough mental activity and stress to stay active and healthy, otherwise you lose track of where you are and what you truly want. Goal setting is the easiest way to keep your mind aligned with what you want.
You are always setting goals whether you realize it or not. Your subconscious mind is always taking care of your physical needs (e.g., eating when hungry), and your conscious mind loves to be on task as well. So set goals in racquetball and watch how you can create things that you never imagined. Just plant a seed, thought, or goal and then feed it, water it, fertilize it, and pick the weeds—then be patient and watch what happens. With baby steps you can accomplish anything you set your mind on.
How to Set Goals:
*Last thing at night and first thing in the morning visualize what goals you want to manifest in racquetball.
*Ask yourself what steps you need to take to get there. It all starts with an intention and a desire.
*Visualize your process and end result.
*Create positive affirmations, add passion and truth, and then take action. This is the latest in quantum physics and sport psychology. See it . . . believe it . . . achieve it.
Use the techniques in my book Championship Racquetball to understand “Goal Setting” (Chapter 9, page 232-234)
Goal Setting is a must for my “Championship Team,” Rocky and Paola and the rest of my Adult and Junior “Championship Team”. There is NO ROOM for excuses.
Here’s some prime examples of Rocky and Paola NOT making excuses, but rather MAKING goals, that is why they are WINNERS ALL THE WAY:
Rocky hurt his knee at the National Outdoor Championships in Huntington Beach, CA in July 2017 and still played the 1st half of the IRT season. He was rehabbing his knee, but at the Tournament of Champions in December 2107 he realized it’s not getting any better , so surgery was his only alternative. In December 2017 Rocky had surgery and rested it during the holidays and rehabbed it with daily, weekly, and monthly goals on and off the court. Through all of this he played every tournament in the 2nd half of the season never making any excuses if he lost early. Rocky just forged ahead with a few goals in mind…get healthy, be pain free and play racquetball the way he knew how to play.
The end result Rocky finished the IRT 2017/2018 season ranked #1. Amazingly enough it was 10 years ago he also finished the IRT 2007/2008 season ranked #1.
Paola had a pretty tough lose against Rhonda Rajsich in the finals of the Pan American Championships in Temuco, Chile losing 11-7 in the breaker in March 2018. Paola did not make excuses, but rather went back to the drawing board and we adjusted her goals for training on and off the court, based on her travel schedule, getting her ready for the prestigious Central American Games. She forged ahead by working hard, smart and totally focused.
The end result Paola bounced back and won 3 Gold Medals at the Central American Games in Barranquilla, Columbia in July 2018.