Finding Strength Through Adversity
Hard work and preparation put you on the road towards achievement. Those two elements are the cornerstone of success. Unfortunately, success is not a walk in the park. Often, adversity pops up that can block your progress or even knock you straight off your path.
Though adversity is challenging, it doesn’t have to stop you. During these times, inspiration is what we often need. We need to know that other tennis players have stared adversity squarely in the eye and found a way past their obstacles. These inspiring stories can remind us that we are not alone. These examples of inspiration can provide us with advice to face our challenges. These inspirational athletes can help motivate and remind us that our hard work will pay off, maybe not tomorrow but at some future date. These sources of inspiration can help us forge our own story that can be a source of motivation for other athletes.
You may counter with, “My circumstances are different,” or “Those examples are stories of super-athletes. I don’t have what they were born with.”
The truth is that your circumstances are unique for you and that personal experience makes those challenges appear more daunting. Despite what you are feeling, you have the capability or can develop the necessary tools to overcome what you are facing and create your own inspirational story.
In 2019, there were two inspirational comeback stories: Andy Murray and Serena Williams. Both Murray and Williams have experienced tremendous success in professional tennis but have also gone through their share of adversity.
In 2018, Murray had surgery on his hip and, due to a number of tournament withdrawals, dropped to 839th in the ATP rankings. In 2019, Murray considered retirement due to his recurring hip injury. The hip injury affected his ability to perform daily activities.
Rather than retiring, Murray opted for another hip surgery and his persistence paid off, winning the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s Club Championships.
Williams also had her share of success and adversity. Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism after giving birth which demanded bed rest for six weeks and dropped her ranking significantly. Also, Williams has been playing with a lingering knee injury.
Murray and Williams recently paired together and won their first mixed doubles match, 6-4, 6-1 at Wimbledon in one hour and 16 minutes, creating 17 break points and not dropping serve. Murray was grateful to be on the court with a successful performance.
MURRAY: “For me it was a great experience being back on Centre Court with Serena after the last year or so being tough. It was nice. I enjoyed it.”
Williams appeared motivated and ready to rise to the mixed doubles competition.
WILLIAMS: “Andy and I both love the competition. I know we both want to do well. We’re not here just for show. We want to play well. We both have been champions at Wimbledon. It’s like we want to continue to do that.”
Whatever situation you find yourself, know that other athletes have faced similar situations and rose to the occasion. By overcoming adversity, you just might become the inspiration another athlete needs to help them through their challenges.
Tardio Tip: How to Gain Motivation through Inspiration:
One strategy to increase your motivation is to collect inspirational stories and write them in a notebook. Choose stories that speak to you personally.
This collection of inspirational stories will help you stay motivated no matter what circumstances you face.
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