Thanks to Eric Gubler, @roweda, Dave Glendenning, Randy Zbinden and many more I have been able to apply a progression mindset. There are a few that are on this forum who are GREAT examples of the growth mindset. @suzeeanderson13 @frankanthonydavis @cathparenteau1994 @Michelle @Dayne etc.
Let me share with you a little food for thought.
You have to be ok with losing
This is a HUGE one!!
If you are working on a particular skill at any level you have to be ok with losing that particular match if you work on the things you are trying to improve on. You SHOULD LOSE! This is a skill you are not good at and you should be making mistakes!
Being so focused on winning pushes you to leave working on the skill you are trying to develop in order to go into your comfortable skills you already know.
Be ok with losing in order to develop a skill in game like situations.
Progression is a long term mindset, not a quick fix
I have been playing pickleball for 4 years as of May 2020. In this time I have had to work on parts of my game that took me months to years to develop and I am still working on things.
For example…My backhand SUCKED!! I could not hit the ball with my backhand to save my life. So, I hit EVERY BALL with my backhand that I possibly could. Even when the right shot was a forehand. I focused on this one skill for months before it became a natural part of my game.
It is important to remember that EVERY TIME you level up, its just like starting over and you need to dedicate the time to those skills.
Remember, progression is a long term commitment!
Be honest with your skill level
Be ok with your skills and honest when evaluating!
In pickleball, in life we often times live in some form of a fantasy that prevents us from seeing ourselves as where our skill actually is and who we actually are. My thoughts are that this is a form of protection against hurting ourselves. This doesn’t help us though because we then have a poor evaluation of where we are and what we should be working.
There are many people who have been in the game for a while that stay in 4.0 level because they are unwilling to see themselves in honesty and what is making them remain.
Learn it right the first time!
Find someone who knows technique as soon as possible . Dave Glendenning was that person for me. He showed me how to hit the ball with technique and correct footwork. It allowed me to gain the necessary foundation in order to progress to higher levels.
Again, I needed time to develop it, but it gets easier and easier to use the technique. If you learn something with poor mechanics, it takes twice as long to fix it because now you are trying to break a habit. I don’t know if you have every tried breaking a habit.
So Learn it right the the first time and practice. It will require you to get out of your comfort zone and ask someone who might reject you. In my experience, rejection is minimal if you are truly willing to listen and progress.
Backhand Ernie progression evidence!
This point was one time where I did it and I didn’t make it sail long. Example of progression!!