I am inspired!
I just finished watching the most incredible women's tennis match I have ever witnessed at the Australian Open. Two women, Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova provided the Spark.
(In case you don't know much about tennis matches... To win the match you have to win two sets of six games. Normally if you get 6 games apiece you play a tie breaker - and win seven points by two or more points. You know the Aussies have a reputation of being tough. There are no tie breakers in the final set at the Australian Open. You have to win the match by two games no matter how long it takes.)
That being said...
A 31 year old (old in the professional tennis competitive world) Francesca Schiavone hung in there against 26 year old Svetlana Kuznetsova and won in the longest women's match in the history of the Open tennis tournament series - 2 hundred 84 minutes. That's 4 hours and 44 minutes of grueling, often excellent, and frequently captivating women's tennis.
They were tired. Their bodies hurt. Schiavone barely won the first set of three (6-4). Kuznetsova handily beat Schiavone in the second set (6-1).
Now, what's a girl to do???
After both players had won six games, Schiavone could have said to herself, "I am tired. That's enough."
Two hours into the set of what was supposed to have been six games long, Kuznetsova must have said to herself, "What the **** is it going to take to beat this woman. I get one game ahead and she just keeps on fighting for the match. I am going to have to step my game up a notch."
One hour after that, I imagine Schiavone saying to herself, "I may be one of the oldest women playing in this tournament, but that does not mean I have to lose. I am just going to keep on plugging little by little, bit by bit, and see what I can do."
After each of them winning 14 games, Schiavone won the last set 16-14. Her comment was that was the time of the most emotions in her life.
So I am motivated to follow Schiavone's method:
I am just going to keep on plugging little by little, bit by bit, and see what I can do.
For now what I can do is take care of myself by going to bed.
When I get up in the morning, I am just going to keep on plugging little by little, bit by bit, and see what I can do.
Francesca Schiavone - Today's inspiration