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.
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?