How to Maximize Tennis Potential at a Quicker Rate – Part 1
What if I shared a tool to assist you in understanding why you play the way you play and think the way you think in this crazy game? What if I showed you why different personalities are better suited for different styles of play? What if I said, to accelerate growth, it is essential that your coaches get into your world instead of forcing you into theirs? What if I explained how training within your genetic guidelines will maximizes your potential at a much quicker rate? If you believe you’re capable of greater results… Read on!
Let’s begin by recognizing and respecting your inborn design. Because the most universal personality profile indicator is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I chose to use it to help you understand athletic profiling. The bottom line is that your personality profile should be used to dictate your developmental pathway.
The MBTI is grouped into four categories with 16 different possible configurations of personality profiles. Each of the four categories list two opposing personality profiles. Each person is assigned a four letter acronym to best describe their primary tendencies (one for each of the four categories.) While each of us exhibit multiple sides of our personality, we possess a genetically dominate trait. These traits come out in all, their glory, during match play!
Listed below are the four categories with their opposing personality profiles. Your brain design plays the most important role in improving your game. Start by reading through the four groupings listed below and choose your dominant brain function.
1. Introvert versus Extrovert
Introverts (I) are comfortable lying back then retaliating. They enjoy alone time and prefer to be inside their inner world.
Extroverts (E) prefer to initiate action. They gain their energy by bringing people together.
2. Sensate versus Intuitive
Sensates (S) prefer to collect data and facts before making their decisions. Facts trump opinions.
Intuitives (N) trust their gut instincts and they like to “do” first, analyze second.
3. Thinker versus Feeler
Thinkers (T) make decisions through objective logic and impersonalize the situation. They enjoy the technical components and choose truthful over tactful.
Feelers (F) are in tune to the emotional climate of the event and other’s actions. Harmony is paramount and they are affected when it is missing.
4. Judger versus Perceiver
Judgers (J) prefer structure. They like things settled, orderly and precise. They like to make lists to organize their thoughts and prefer to work before play.
Perceivers (P) are adaptable and flexible. Their thoughts are often found in the future. They enjoy experiencing new ideas versus organizing and agonizing over every boring detail.
Now, write down your four letter acronym. For example, if you believe you’re an extrovert, intuitive, feeler, perceiver, then you are an ENFP. Next, Google personality profile: ENFP and explore to confirm your assumption.
The benefits of understanding genetic predispositions are mind blowing. On court, it will assist you in understanding your court positioning and tactical preferences, it will stream line your training, improve doubles partner harmony and maximize potential at a much quicker rate.
Part 2 of this article digs deeper into why different personality profiles share common modalities. Knowing your genetic efficiencies and deficiencies will allow you to customize your developmental plan to expose your strengths and improve your weaknesses.