The Tennis Dip

When I’m not playing Tennis, I’m marketing stuff.  When I want to learn how to market stuff better, I read books written by Seth Godin .  For my money, Seth Godin is quite simply the best marketing business book author out there.  Among my favorite Seth Godin Books are Purple Cow, Tribes and Linchpin.

When I was out playing Tennis yesterday and completely frustrated with my game, one of Seth’s books came to mind: “The Dip: The Little Book that Teaches You when to Quit and When to Stick”.

I was literally at the point where I started to wonder if all of this work was going to pay off.  I seriously started to contemplate quitting this whole battle.  I wasn’t considering quitting the game of Tennis, but I did start thinking about quitting this quest to get to 4.5.  It’s frustrating because:

  • I’ve lost some weight
  • I’ve gotten back into decent shape
  • I’ve worked on my footwork
  • I’ve spent time in the gym
  • I played tennis throughout the winter
  • I’ve done all of the work but I’m not seeing the results.

Then I thought about “The Dip”.  The cover of Seth’s book is burned in my mind and I remembered that just like business, things can look awesome in the beginning, but there is going to be a rough patch.  There is going to be a time where things don’t look quite so great.  There’s going to be  a “Dip”.  According to Seth’s hypothesis, if someone can plow through that rough patch, things will start to look up again.

I came across a quote from Seth this morning on Guy Kawasaki’s blog as I was connecting the business side of “The Dip” to Tennis:

This means that the Dip isn’t pain; nor is it something to be avoided. The Dip is actually an ally. Because when the Dip shows up, you’re know you’re close to a breakthrough, to getting to the other side, to mastery, and to being the best in the world.

I found this interesting, because it was easy to look at the backward steps my game was taking as a really bad thing – but maybe it’s a really good thing?  I know that I have the ability to play a lot better – I was doing it just a month ago.  I also know that I’ve changed a lot in my game in the past few months, so my brain is processing a lot of stuff.

I didn’t start this project to get “a little” better at Tennis – I jumped into it to breakthrough the mediocrity, so I’m going to embrace The Dip.  I’m going to take it as a sign that things are getting better.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.  Have you experienced “The Dip”?  What did you do to get through it?

About Neal

tennis, go-karts, blogging, turkey sandwiches.

Posted on March 25, 2012, in business and tennis, mental, tennis and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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