The power of celebration

Sport is an emotional roller-coaster. If everything is going well athletes are the happiest people in the world. Unfortunately nobody is perfect so down times are also present and then athletes are the loneliest people on this planet. Tennis has double rate of difficulty because it is an individual sport so all the pressure is put on the player. That is why it is important to get the most of good times.

There is no better feeling than to see athletes celebrate their successes. Russell Westbrook sinking last-second basket and exploding with emotions is a great spectacle to watch. Lionel Messi scoring a goal in the last second against Real Madrid is a moment that you are going to live with for the rest of your life. Rafael Nadal winning Wimbledon’s final against Roger Federer is another example of great celebration after the win. So it all comes to celebration. Is it good or bad? Is it necessary? Why athletes celeberate? The importance of this action is bigger than you think.


Athletes have goals. Some bigger some smaller but all of them have desire to achieve their own dreams. They practice really hard on a daily basis to get better and come closer to this final moment. They win match after match and they know that this competition may be „the one” they have dreamed about all childhood. Knowing the life of an athlete it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see soccer players drink beer after claiming a season’s title or female tennis player buying extremely expensive purse from world-famous fashion designer. These are examples of celebration. But this is also a time when haters get out of the water. They say that players should focus on their practice or that they show off their money. They just don’t understand. It is part of the process. You work and you celebrate. If you know the proper time for each of these aspects you will achieve top level of your profession.


So here comes the lesson. If world-class players celebrate their successes why shouldn’t we do the same? Is this action reserved only for billionaires? Definitely not. Celebration is a motivational factor for the next step in your career. If you play a great practice and celebrate it you will be motivated to do it again on the very next day. If you win a tournament there is no better way to thank yourself for your hard work than a little present. Of course it doesn’t mean that you should buy yourself gifts after each great practice but be creative and celebrate on different ways. There have to be a balance but don’t take this extra motivational method away from you.

If you celebrate you get:

  • Motivation
  • Emotional outlet
  • Satisfaction
  • Self-confidence
  • Happiness
  • Balance in life
  • Positive mood
  • Fun time

Only you know how hard you work. If you give your personal best you should always look for celebration after great achievements. If you let practice sessions slip day by day then it is better to use celebration time for extra work. It is your career. If you are professional you will have a lot of working and celebrating times.


Marcin Bieniek is a professional tennis coach and founder of instructional website Marcin has been working with USTA, top 100 ITF and WTA/ATP players. He is a frequent contributor to TennisPro and TenisKlub magazines and he was a speaker at International Coaching Tennis Symposium 2016 at Hilton Head Island, USA. 


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