If you play tennis regularly, you know that sometimes you lose motivation. Playing for the sake of playing is great as long as you are enjoying the process and you're having fun.
But how do you motivate yourself when you lose the spark? And how do you motivate and inspire your children to become more interested in playing tennis?
Watching professional tennis is a great way to motivate yourself and inspire your kids. Seeing the fluency of the pros hitting the ball and synchronizing their internal sense for the game is extremely inspiring.
Watching tennis played at the highest level undeniably improves your tennis game. When you see players doing the right thing most of the time, you will mirror the behavior and do it more naturally. You don't think. You don't try. You copy. You just do it.
Neuroscience explains this phenomenon as "mirror neurons," learning by imitation. The same region in the brain fires when you perform the activity, watch it being performed or imagine it. Mirror neurons enable you to emulate the top players. It allows you to learn and have fun.
Even the pros watch other players. Roger Federer watches other players constantly. Serena Williams watches tons of men's tennis to improve her game. From watching other players, the top players learn how to deal with anxious situations.
With the U.S. Open tennis championship starting Aug. 31, you have a great opportunity to inspire your kids to pick up the game of tennis or fall in love with it even more.
And if you and your kids are already seasoned players, you will get motivated and inspired to become even better players. Your game will improve by osmosis and the mirror neuron effects.