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Girls Tennis Network Throwback Thursday
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#TBT that day you wanted to quit, but you didn’t. Here’s to you! YOU GO GIRL!

Why such a big deal? Well, sometimes, the more we play a sport or instrument or dance, the more we love it. Something clicks and we feel like we could do that thing all day, every day. Do you do something like that?

But then, something happens. It’s like all of a sudden, when we hit 12-14 years old, what we used to love, becomes work.

Truth is, as we get better at many things — from math to music to sports — a time comes when we we actually need to choose to work at it; to work hard at getting better.

Has this happened to you? How? When?

Sometimes girls quit when this happens to them. Or they move on to something else. Or they start to figure out what they care about and they put all of their energy into that.

One girl who decided to work her hardest at something she loved, was Maria Kirilenko, a world-famous Russian tennis player. She looked at her tennis game as a journey. She saw every day as part of a journey of learning and development. So some days she was victorious. Other days she had setbacks. But here’s what she said:

“Gradually with every year I’ve gained experience… every year was better than the last… each year I had good wins against strong players.”

Her message for you? Keep learning, and keep developing.  Value the small victories and gradual improvements, don’t give up when what you’re what you are doing gets tough!

What’s your story? Have you had to choose to work harder or move on? Tell us about it right here!

Thanks Girls Tennis Network for this amazing story. YOU ROCK!

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10 Tips for Staying Positive
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We all have those days that make us feel really down. Sometimes it’s because we don’t make the team we’d like, or we try out for a position in the band or orchestra, or maybe we want to be in the musical or play and we don’t get a part. It hurts and it’s tough.

When that happens, here are 10 tips for turning a tough situation into a motivational one:

1. Let it out! Go ahead and let it out. You’re bummed and that’s ok. So give yourself a little time to just be bummed.
2. Tell a close friend. It’s part of being a good friend to cheer up your friends when they’re down. So let your friend be there for you.
3. Find out why. When you’re ready, ask the coach, conductor, director or organizer why they think you didn’t get it and why so you can work on improving. That will show your ability to take coaching and constructive criticism. It may be tough to hear. But it will be good for you to know.
4. Make a plan. Figure out how you can address the things you hear that you need to improve and outline a plan for how to do it.
5. Create milestones. Break up your goal into little goals or milestones so you can keep track of your progress. If you want to be able to juggle the soccer ball 50 times in a row, try juggling 3 times at first and then add on another 3, and so forth.
6. Be proud. Recognize that the easiest thing to do is give up, and that you are working hard. Find pride in this hard work. You rock.
7. Invite a friend. It’s likely that someone you like is facing a similar challenge. Ask her if she wants to work on getting better with you to make it more fun!
8. Celebrate your success! Each time you or you and your friend reach a mini-goal, celebrate it! That’ll keep you working your hardest :)
9. Check your goals. Once in a while, make sure your goals are realistic, right for you or revise them. These are YOUR GOALS. Make them work for YOU!
10. Don’t give up. No matter how discouraged you are, stick with it. As long as you’re making progress and your goals are clear, then you can do it. Keep trying!

See? You can do it, girlfriend!

Stay MOTIVATED and you can do anything you decide you want to do. YOU ROCK!

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