Keeping a squash journal

Years ago, it was common to keep a squash diary or personal journal. Today few players do it! Very few recognize the value and astonishing power of keeping a squash journal can be. If one can read and write, (even draw) they have access to a most amazing source of personal power and magic! Some say they cannot possibly find the time to keep a journal. Have your junior squash-player try it for 30 days and I think they'll ask themselves how they could have possibly done without it. Following is a list of ten reasons for keeping a SQUASH journal!

1.    Keeping a squash journal will clarify their goals. As they write a few thoughts down each day, their ideas about what is important and what is worthy of their time will become much clearer. They'll automatically discover what they really want to accomplish as they develop as a squash-player.

2.    Keeping a squash journal will simplify their squash training. Spending as little as 10 minutes with pen or pencil and paper, describing their squash goals, noting their achievements and where they need to improve, things become much clearer when they write them down.

3.    Keeping a squash journal will strengthen their idea's regarding squashIt will give them time and the words to express their feelings about the game. It will help them understand and be patient with their coach , training partners, opponents and referees. Basically, it will help them to understand how much they love the game of squash.

4.    Keeping a squash journal will make them more aware of who they are as a squash-player. The philosopher Socrates said, "Know thyself." Keeping a journal will help them know themselves as a player and help them express themselves more clearly when communicating with their coach(s).

5.    Keeping a squash journal will empower them. Thinking with pen/pencil and paper forces them to eliminate fuzzy or confusing images and focus "laser-like" on precisely the right words to use, what the most powerful image is to express themselves are, even by drawing pictures. Keeping a squash journal will make them better at communicating their thoughts to their coaches, training partners and/or referees.

6.    Keeping a squash journal will eliminate temptation. Some ideas sound great in our imagination, but when written on paper, they just aren't the same! It's easy to blurt out "I hate this drill", but writing about what it means to quit will quickly result in one of two things: 1) The temptation will go away; 2) They'll start generating actual plans to help and make the drill better. Either way, they win!

7.    Keeping a squash journal affirms the reality of their goals. Writing about their training and development adds meaning and power. As they develop as a squash-player, referring back to their journal will affirm how far they've come in their development – and help them to focus on their future goals, so that they will continue to improve.

8.    Keeping a squash journal helps them enjoy quiet times. Journalizing has been called a form of meditation and relaxation. It has the power to quiet the mind and focus thoughts. It even has the power to motivate...to turn off the TV or computer – even to put down their cell phone! It can heal anxiety, improve their breathing, make them smile and have fun. What more could one ask for!?

9.    Keeping a squash journal helps them to speak out and express their thoughts clearly on the game of squash A squash  journal helps ideas become reality, providing a beginning for words to grow into sentences and paragraphs, until finally they need a stage on which to express themselves, like developing a complete game based on building from improved technique, solo and pair drills, playing games, matches and finally, tournaments. Whatever form it takes, many of those messages would never have been born if they hadn't kept a squash journal.

10.    Finally, keeping a squash journal just feels good! Keeping a nice-looking and up-to-date squash journal will allow them a reference to look back on, as well as being able to show it off to their squash and non-squash friends, teachers, relatives and possibly even use it to help with special school projects.