What Civil Services aspirants must learn from PV Sindhu...

I will not be surprised if sports shops see a surge in the sale of badminton rackets and shuttles. I will not be surprised if the demand for badminton coaches surge dramatically. Most youngsters and equally their parents would start seeing a career and opportunity in sports in India.
But a good Civil Services aspirant must also n a meanwhile learn from PV Sindhu.
That’s the power of your influence and inspiration PV Sindhu.
It was a treat to watch the Women’s single badminton final match in Rio Olympics. PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin were at their best. One of the best matches we have seen in the recent past.
PV Sindhu becomes the first women to win the Silver for India. And she is just 21 years of age. She has many years and lot of badminton left to further deepen her mark on the game and on the generation. ( Any young IAS/IPS officer at the age of 21 (Tina Dabi / Amrutesh Aurangabadkar) would have same series of service.
The question is what helped her to reach at this level and play one of the finest games?  
The other one is can we, in our respective work areas benefit from the traits she has displayed?

Consistency of training her body and mind:

The game has to be played well. Very well. This requires commitment and discipline to practice. While profiling Sindhu's career, a correspondent with one of the reputed print media wrote:
The fact that she reports on time at the coaching camps daily, travelling a distance of 56 km from her residence, is perhaps a reflection of her willingness to complete her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment.”
I always wonder, how discipline Civil Services aspirants are. A good coach is rarely avaialble and if so, why dont you reach him. Many in Mumbai see coaching classes near there locality..but they fail to see who is a good coach and a good mentor.
Her coach Pullela Gopichand says "the most striking feature in Sindhu's game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit”.
While preparing for Civil Services exams it’s good to check ourselves through these filters.

Importance of having a role model and a coach:

One of the newspaper headlines says ‘PV Sindhu will finally be allowed Phone, Ice-Cream by Pullela Gopichand’. Just imagine the kind of influence a coach has on the life of a sports person. An attitude of subordination is equally important if we want to excel in our professional and personal life. So when you prepare for Civil Services exams, check if you have a role model and a coach. Importantly check if you are willing to give controls to him or her so that the process helps you in enhancing your personal effectiveness and scale up to the next level of performance.
Calming down :
Aggression and calming down has to go hand in hand. This may appear to be paradoxical. But just think if you are able to practice and master this skill? Do you think it will benefit you In your personal and professional life? In the Rio Olympic semi- finals for example, in the second set against Okuhara of Japan, neither Sindhu, not Okuhara wanted to give up. There were situations where the scores were 7-7 than 8-8 and soon 10-10. This was the moment when Sindhu needed to calm down, minimize her errors and wait for the opponent to show signs of mental and physical exhaustion. PV Sindhu did follow this strategy. The result. She defeated Okuhara to reach the finals.
P Gopichand says “Producing champions is not a part-time business. There are some constants that you need to follow to excel at the international level ,”(we may say, for UPSC, At national level)
So here are the three things that can help us greatly in our personal and professional life :
  • Consistency, attitude, and never-say-die spirit
  • Having a role model and a coach. Role model will give the benchmark and coach will help us unleash our true potential.
  • Developing the skill and the ability to speed up and slow down at the same time.

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