Written by: Doc Savarese Cartoon by: Peter Copen

Motivational Pickleball

Why do we do what we do? Despite our best intentions, we often find ourselves doing things which are unhealthy. You know what I mean: sitting on the couch instead of going out and being active; heading to the kitchen for a late evening snack; watching TV for most of the day. The most common reason that we develop unhealthy behavior is that healthy behaviors don’t offer strong enough rewards.

Motivation drives people to change behavior, develop competencies, set goals, grow interests, make plans, and boost engagement. Motivation can make a huge difference between wanting to be healthy versus working on being happy. It is a key determinate for a person to achieve the best that is possible in order to fulfill their potential.

Motivation can be extrinsic (external) which is good to get you started, or intrinsic (internal), which keeps you going for the long run. Examples of extrinsic motivation are:
• Money
• Social Status
• Approval
• Praise
• Fame
These extrinsic motivators are good for defined tasks such as: drilling or taking lessons to improve your pickleball skills.

Intrinsic motivation comes from within. For example, it drives you to play because you enjoy it and find it interesting and challenging. An important factor, is that when intrinsic motivation kicks in, that’s when it can go from being a chore to a way of living. The question is how to boost intrinsic motivation. It is important to approach pickleball with a “fun mindset” and view it with a willingness to explore and experiment. Attempting variability and surprise often makes playing more interesting and meaningful. You will be more focused, experience less stress when mistakes are made, and will be more confident, and enjoy playing more if you are intrinsically motivated.

Featured Paddle

Engage: Pursuit EX 6.0
The Pursuit EX 6.0 is Engage’s flagship paddle, and their most responsive. The rough graphite surface is actual skin, unlike most paddles which have an overlay texture. This allows for amazing spin, control, power and balance.
• Shape: 16” X 8”, 5” handle length
• Core: 5/8” thick, black polymer core
• Weight: 8.0 to 8.4 oz (standard), or 7.6 to 7.9 oz (lite weight)
• Grip: 4 3/8”
• Cost: $209.99 retail (25% discount for club members).

New Player Orientation (Tuesdays 9:00 – 10:00)
Arrangements can be made by contacting Nancy Lande at 707 978-2998 to schedule a session.

Demo loaner paddles are available by contacting Doc Savarese at 707 349-90965.

If you know of someone in need of a card to cheer them up or for condolences, please contact Helen Selenati at 707 595-3413.

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