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August 1, 1998
Selecting the correct thought

Welcome to the tennis lesson hotline, sponsored by Tom's Tennis Tapes, "educating players one mind at a time".  I'm Tom Veneziano.  This lesson lasts approximately 2 minutes and changes on the 1st of every month. 

No matter what you do in tennis you must be consistent.  You have heard of the three L's in real estate: location, location, location. Well, in tennis it would be the three C's: consistency, consistency, consistency.  Consistency establishes momentum.  If you want momentum on your side be consistent.  You need to be consistent not only physically but mentally - physically by hitting the correct shots again and again,  mentally by selecting the correct thoughts again and again.  Most players can understand being consistent with their shots, but being consistent with their thoughts usually seems a bit confusing. You must practice selecting the highest percentage thought for the situation. 

For example, let us suppose you are making mistakes and you are on the verge of becoming upset.  The two choices you have when you miss are (1) Get upset and negative, become tentative and lose the next couple of points and even the match...or (2) Manage your mistakes and keep giving yourself an opportunity to win.  By choosing option two (managing your mistakes) you are selecting the highest percentage thought for the situation.  Selecting this thought consistently gives you the greatest opportunity to win over the long haul.  It is as simple as that!  You choose to get upset or you choose to manage your mistakes.  The more you select to manage your mistakes, the more mentally consistent you become. This is what high percentage thought selection is all about. The choice is yours.....you CAN control what you think, you just have to practice.  

Consistency establishes momentum.  You must learn to be consistent with your thoughts as well as your shots.  Consistency, consistency, consistency. When you become consistent physically as well as mentally you become a formidable foe.  The result: you are the type of player who is not put out by anything and you make your opponent beat you in order to win.  You are mentally tough...and you know it!!!  

If you would like additional information leave you name and address at the sound of the tone and I will mail you a price list and order form for my audio tapes. Thank you. 

Copyright © 2000 Tom Veneziano.  All rights  reserved.

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"Tom deals with the thinking end of tennis like no one else. It's almost too difficult to explain, you have to experience it. He has an uncanny knack for getting right to the heart of the matter. You come away thinking, that's right: it makes sense!" 

Colleen Cremer, Houston, TX. 

"It's interesting to note that everyone can use these tapes from beginner to championship level. You can apply the information to whatever level you play on." 

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" Tom's audio cassettes have changed my thinking, aligning it with the correct information needed to improve my game. He's right there with you, inside your head, challenging you to make those changes. It's like having your own personal coach! I highly recommend his tapes for everyone."

Linda Zimmerman, Houston, TX. 

"On the way to my HLTA match I listened to Tom's tape, "Some Before Match Pointers." Call it a coincidence, but I won my first HLTA match ever! I just seemed to be in a better frame of mind. Thanks, Tom."

Mary Ogden, Houston, TX. 

"Tom and I have been friends for over twenty years. It's not surprising to me players talk so positively about his tapes. He's always possessed exceptional athletic ability along with an unusual analytical mind. Tom simply likes to think! At times he would drive me crazy, but he was the driving force behind my journey into tennis. I'm 6'1" and Tom is 5'6" but I could never beat the little imp! All joking aside, if Tom's thinking is on audio cassettes, you should listen! You'll never view tennis the same way again!"

Sam Lacava, Tennis Professional, Stewartsville, N.J. 

Thank you all for the testimonials! I appreciate it!

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