Thank You, Jenkins Mann!

Some of you know that the game of tennis is my exercise of choice. It’s fun, it’s high energy, it’s ballistic, it’s strategic, and all of that. Forty’ish times around the sun have proven that I’m not a runner nor a gym person. Tennis, however, is my jam.

That said, it has major negs:

1- Can’t play if it’s raining.

2- It takes at least two to hit. If you invite folks to play and they wait hours to respond, you could be stuck without an opponent and then the sun goes down and your kids need bath time (or whatever life has), and the opportunity and day is gone.

At Keller Williams, we have a premise that focusing incredibly small can lead to awesomely large results (The ONE Thing). This does not only apply our businesses and careers but to our personal and spiritual lives, as well. That said, as I was in a class of The ONE Thing in Austin, I thought, “I bet my life would change is a huge way if I lost some weight.”

Here’s the big question to unlimited results: “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

I began to brain dump with the class: Read books/blogs, watch YouTube, hit balls with anyone I could find, hire a coach, get a tennis ball launching machine…

Narrowing down, what’s The ONE Thing? ONE! Hire a coach seemed to be the answer.

I’ve done that, and it’s working, but that’s money.

Enter my buddy, Jenkins Mann.

To preface, Jenkins is my tennis dude. He beat my ass badly when I was in USTA League play and I wanted to learn from him. Is he the best in the world? No. Maybe? Has he improved exponentially over the years by focusing hard on this craft? Has it made a big difference in his game? Damn right. That’s my guy.

All this to say, I found out that Jenkins had an extra ball machine laying around that he donated to my cause of getting better and shedding some lbs. All I needed to do was find a worthy battery or anything that would make it shoot balls at me.

This ball machine may have become my ONE Thing. If you don’t get anything other than this from this post, get this: I don’t deserve the right to move on to anything else until I master my new forehand to baseline corners against this machine.

Jenkins, you may have changed my world and jumpstarted a habit that will lead to good stuff for my life and family.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

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