Five steps to success

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Have fun/ enjoy the sport- It is quite obvious that athletes perform at their highest level when they’re having fun and enjoying themselves. When athletes start to doubt themselves about having fun they’ll most likely decrease their performance level. Also, athletes can become a ticking bomb ready to explode of frustration. The season or career of your sport will be over before you know it.

Better than you were yesterday- Its not better than the other team or not better than your team-mates it’s improving yourself to become a better player than you were yesterday. Many athletes get caught up in all kinds of drama when they just need to focus on their own ability and have the attitude of, “I’m going to become a better player than I was yesterday.”

Be passionate- a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything. Love what you do and if you don’t love what you do than make changes. To gather success in life you need to be doing something you want to be involved in. If you’re a baseball player that always wanted to play lacrosse and think you could be having more fun doing so; go ahead take the chance you have.

Have discipline- Having discipline goes so much farther than itself. It’s a sense of pride. It doesn’t come easily in the course of a frustrating game. It’s taking ownership of what you say to your team-mates when the coach isn’t around; it’s listening to a team mate scream at another and telling the frustrated player it’s going to be alright and hes playing fine.

Make your team a family– Love your team-mates. Don’t just let the season be a once and done friendship. Take the opportunity you’re giving with the other 50 players on your team and develop a family and be there for each other. When one player needs your hand be right there for him and chances are when you get cheap shotted in the next game he’ll have your back and will be on the other guy before you have the chance to turn around .

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man
who points out how the strong man
stumbled, or where the doer of deeds
could have done better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena;
whose face is marred by the dust and sweat
and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs
and comes short again and again; who knows
the great enthusiasms, the great devotions
and spends himself in a worthy course; who
at the best, knows in the end the triumph of
high achievement, and who, at worst, if he
fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so
that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
know neither victory or defeat.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

http://www.hoopsu.com/winningwords/roosevelt-in-the-arena.html

^— President and soldier, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was one of the most energetic presidents the United States ever had and his quote above defines dedication, passion, and discipline by creating this hungry image of an athlete.

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