Tennis has served me well since the first time I picked up a tennis racquet at 14. I instantly fell in love with the game and found life purpose.

You don’t have to play tennis to serve your highest purpose but I would like to share what I’ve learned from 30 years of tennis and how it can help you serve your highest purpose–using the word ACE.

37183v6c5okaypy1. Achieve

Tennis, other sports, and games challenge us to achieve. Personally, I started at the bottom of the tennis ladder but over the years I got off my bottom and climbed to the top. I achieved many goals in tennis, winning state, playing four years on a college scholarship, and being #1 in Texas in father-son doubles. The game taught me how to master techniques, how to score, and ultimately how to win in life.

You may not want to win in tennis but everyone has an innate desire to win and achieve in life. What do you want to achieve in life? Each week I write down what I want to achieve in the week. Then I go about my week crossing off the items I achieved. We each have a need to achieve. I’m challenging you to focus on getting clear about what you want to achieve, both long-term and short-term.

If you are an over-achiever, pay attention to the next point:

2. Connect

If you achieved your wildest dream and didn’t have anyone to celebrate with, what an empty feeling and pursuit it would be! Just like a tennis player has to keep their eye on the ball at all times to connect with the ball, increasing accuracy and power, each of us needs to watch our relationships daily to increase our purpose. Who do you need to connect with daily? Maybe it’s God, your spouse, kids, or your friends. Maybe at work it’s a colleague, customer, or prospect.

The game of tennis has given me the opportunity to connect with so many people. It’s the sharing, the bursts of laughter, and the friendly competition that thrills my heart when I play the game. Pick up the phone, go to lunch, and connect daily to serve your highest purpose.

Even if you achieve and connect there is still more. What is it?

3. Enjoy

Tennis is fun for me. After 30 years I still play tournaments and play on a tennis team in Dallas. It’s one way I enjoy myself. Enjoying life and experiencing happiness is another part of serving your highest purpose.

The Greater Catechism says, “The chief purpose of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever.”

How many people achieve and connect but don’t find time to enjoy life? What do you truly enjoy?  It doesn’t have to be big extravagant vacations–it could be playing words with friends, reading a book in the sunshine, or chasing your cat or your grandkids.

Are you too busy? Too serious minded? Do you believe play is frivolous? Lighten up and top off your day with some kind of enjoyment. If you achieve, connect, and enjoy each day you will serve your highest purpose.

Go ahead, ACE your day.

Brent O’Bannon creates momentum for outrageous success. He is known as America’s Momentum Coach for individuals, couples in business, and companies. For more information go to and

Image: nixxphotography /

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *