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The Power Of Habits
Which habits? |
It may not sound like something that has much power, but
the habits that you have basically determine what kind of
badminton player you are.
It was when I determined to improve my habits that things really
started to change in my badminton.
Specifically, some habits are more important than others, such as
the habits of self-discipline, self-control, perseverance,
attention to detail and so on (and we look at these things in detail
in the Badminton Secrets Newsletter).
But it is the habit of improving your habits (!) that I want to
concentrate on in this article.
To a greater or lesser degree, we all have habits - they may change a
little sometimes, but they generally stay the same unless forced to be
For example, you may have the habit of getting nervous when you
have match point.
You may not even know that you have the habit, because it is so
ingrained deep down that it happens without you knowing it.
But once you ARE aware of it, you can then go about changing the habit
(we will reveal how in the Newsletter) - and, as in this example, NOT get
nervous on match points any more.
But it is that first step of making a resolution that you will get
into the habit of improving your habits that you have to make before
you can go on to identify and then improve them.
So take a moment now and write down any bad habits that you
can think of in your badminton, whether on court or off.
To give you some help, here were some of mine:
- If I do a bad backhand clear, my next backhand clear will be
even worse because I am thinking about the last one.
- If my opponent is standing right on the service line to receive
my serve, I lose confidence and serve badly.
- I always arrive late to training.
- I got into the habit of not warming up enough before playing.
- I also got into the habit of always going for the tramlines
with doubles smashes.
I had no idea that I was doing most of these things, and I certainly
hadn't taken any steps to prevent them happening.
But as soon as I resolved to get into the habit of improving my habits,
I started to beat them all relatively easily.
So take the list that you have made, don't worry about curing them at
this stage, but just resolve that you will get into the habit of
improving each and every one.
And once these destructive habits are conquered of course, your
game and your whole attitude will come on in leaps and bounds.
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