The mission of Effortless Tennis is multidimensional.
• First, we are committed to helping people learn how to play this wonderful game of tennis.
• Secondly, we want to help people learn how to achieve that elusive state of being "in the zone."
• Lastly and most importantly, we want to bring about major positive change on this planet by demonstrating that there is a viable alternative to the current highly competitive games of tennis and life. The evidence is clear that in a non-competitive based system players learn better, retain more information, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, better productivity, increased empathy, higher levels of performance, and lots more fun. Competence before competition works.
For the past 50 years I have been appalled by man's inhumanity
to manand to everything else on the planet. I have been
working to figure out what the problem is; there had to be some
common denominator that linked everything together. From extensive
research in the areas of history, psychology, philosophy, learning
theory, and life, what I discovered is that the problem lies
in the underlying structure of our society. We live in a system
based on competition which, over many millennia, has mutated
into a "dog eat dog" mentality. Each generation, just
to keep up, has to be more competitive than the last. It is out
of control and something needs to be done.
Competition may stimulate striving for excellence, excitement,
and improvement, but it also stimulates overly-aggressive behavior
as well as fear, anxiety, and uncertainty through physical, mental,
and emotional intimidation. Competition also de-stabilizes self-esteem,
tacitly encourages cheating, and if all that weren't bad enough,
it limits a person's potential.
Competition is so much a part of our lives that I know what I
am saying is controversial. Competition is many peoples
reason for living. Learn the skills, then if you want to compete
thats fine, because you will know what you are doing. My
goal is not to be right about this, but to help people attain
their full potential. We must take a serious look at our competitive
system and see all of what it brings outthe good, the bad,
and the ugly.
Until we change to a paradigm based on cooperation, no significant
changes will take place: if we think they will, we are fooling
ourselves. It's time for real change. We need to establish societal
goals that work toward providing adequate food, housing, health
care, education, and a clean environment for everyone on the
planet. If these become our goals, most of our social ills will
disappear before our eyes. We can do it.
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