Mary Pat’s Force of 3

Mary Pat’s Force of 3

What is The Force of Three? As I tell all of my students on the tennis court, I’m not that great at counting, so I try to break down everything in life into three steps. I break down learning tennis into three steps; I break down little chores around the house into three steps; I even break down life into three steps: health, work and play.

If it sounds like I’m trying to over-simplify things, that’s because I am! Simple is great. Simple is memorable. Simple helps get things done. Instead of looking at things as big, daunting tasks, they now look like small goals that you can actually accomplish. In my book, Winning In Tennis and Life, I talk about how I use The Force of 3 to get the most out of life.

How can you achieve such greatness? The answer is quite simple. Listening to your body, taking care of yourself, and challenging yourself regularly is all it takes – see how I even broke that down into three steps?

Of course, each step has to be done well, but since there are only three steps, it makes everything seem a lot more palatable. Let’s take a look at each one, individually, and see how you can implement them into your own life.

Step 1: Listening to Your Body

It’s really easy for your body to give out on you if you’re not listening to it. Luckily for us, our body tells us what it needs to thrive. If you’re mindful about how your body reacts to the food you eat, you’ll quickly find the right diet for yourself. Mindfulness is not a term lost on many today. Being present in the moment to really appreciate what is going on in your body, in your surroundings, in your mind helps give you the focus necessary for success. Failure is not an option because you are aware of your capabilities and you are challenging yourself, not forcing your body to continue playing, not filling your mind with unnecessary nonsense.

Step 2: Taking Care of Yourself

Once you start listening to your body and realizing what is right for you, you have to put it into action. Now that you know what foods are good for your body, are you actually eating them? Fueling your body with unprocessed foods, protein, fiber is what sets the base. Using this energy by exercising, engaging in tennis, jogging, and the like not only clears the mind, but is beneficial for all of your organs (heart, lungs, brain). It gets your blood flowing. It gives you life!

As good as step one is, step two is taking action on what you have learned. Women often talk about the perfect husband being the type of guy who listens, but in all honesty, that’s only half of it. A perfect husband wouldn’t sit down and listen to you, say exactly what you want, and then do what he wants instead. To compare it to the tennis court, it’s like knowing where the ball’s going to be, but then not running to get it. Knowledge is only as good as what you do with it.

Step 3: Challenging Yourself

Once you’re giving your body what it needs, the fun starts. Your head will be clearer, your health will be better, and suddenly the small stuff won’t worry you as much so you can focus on bigger, loftier goals. If you’re not worn out and tired because you ate a whole cake the night before (we’ve all been there), then you’ll have that extra energy to reach that extra step….and you should! If you’re listening to your body and taking care of yourself, then you’ve mastered your Force of 3!

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