You need to do 3 things:
1. You need to have a vision. Every top table tennis player will tell you they envisioned themselves becoming great. There is a huge difference between having goals and a vision. When you have goals you’re aiming to hit that goal. Unfortunately, most don’t pursue when it gets tough or if they fail to reach certain goals. But having a vision on the other hand means you see yourself achieving and doing whatever it takes in achieving your dreams. Having a vision does not mean you will always achieve (due to age, personal capabilities, local/national structure, resources etc.). But having a vision gives you a far greater opportunity of achieving your dreams because you will do your utmost to break through the obstacles.
2. Sacrifice, no athlete has achieved without sacrificing many things in their lives, to achieve their dreams. This may mean moving to another country (e.g. Andy Murray) or giving up your weekends etc.
3. Plan, the saying goes “fail to prepare… prepare to fail”, that quote says it all. Nothing is produced without some sort of plan, yes you can go and train and improve without a specific plan but by turning up to a training session you have subconsciously planed. You planned to turn up for training at e.g. 8:00pm and practice your FH’s and BH’s etc. Then you play games and plan how to beat your opponent but the better you plan the chances of achieving and progressing is far greater.
A video of how precise top players are when training click here
Top players are not born they are made, so what are you waiting for? Go and make yourself a top player…
Written by Eli Baraty