Walk the Talk

October 19, 2018

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

When people hear of my name, they naturally associate me with a former professional tennis player.  While that is true for I have been in tennis for almost five decades – geez, that sounds so old, there is a lot to me than just a former athlete.  For the latter part of my coaching career, I decided to step down from on-court teaching to doing something completely outside of my comfort zone.

Before I let you in on it though, I have a confession to make.  I am absolutely, positively, scared out of my wits because I am about to enter an unknown territory.  But the biggest fear of all is that I am afraid that I will be judged.  You see, I am a perfectionist.  And perfectionist is their own worst enemy because everything has to be perfect.  Every time I tried to type something my mind would play this ongoing negative dialog with self-defeating talks on an endless loop.

No more.  I am done procrastinating.  I am totally on it.  I need to get this book out to you.  A book with insights on tennis parenting that I’d gathered over the last five decades as a professional athlete, as an entrepreneur, as a high-performance coach, as a conference speaker, as a tennis parent.

So, why am I doing this?  Firstly, it is rare that an individual has the experiences from so many different perspectives and I feel I am equipped to help.  Secondly, the concerns that I hear from parents and frustrations from coaches today are almost identical from five, ten years ago.  And the crazy thing is these concerns are shared from different parts of the world.  Hence, YOU motivated me to take action so that I can help bridge the gap between parents and coaches because y’all have the same common interest in getting “the athlete” to reach his/her highest potential.

Here is an excerpt from WTCA.  I thank you for giving me the courage.  In order to keep my writing nerves under control, I will write a weekly blog that will consist of tennis brain teasers and my travels. 

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Inspire On! …. Patricia