Striving for better

After a long hiatus, I wanted to return to writing on this site to express some opinions I have. Gaining experience over the last few years, I have been enlightened in many ways to the development of athletes. There are so many great people involved in sports and many of them are young athletes striving to be better. I think sometimes fans overlook how great it is to see someone who came from high school and rose all the way to the highest level in their career regardless of how well they perform at that highest level.

Sharing a quote from Kobe Bryant, who recently had not one but two jerseys retired in the Staples Center rafters, said a quote that will probably stick with me forever. He said, “Those times when you get up early and you work hard. Those times you stay up late and you work hard. Those times when you don’t feel like working. You’re too tired. You don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway… That is actually the dream.”

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This rings so true to all the athletes that ever pushed themselves to not just start, but dominate the game they played. You think that you are putting in those extra hours to score a few more points or tally a few more strikeouts. In reality, we do it because that is what we love to do. I think we all are guilty of looking ahead at what we can become when really the time we are spending getting better is the times we will remember the most. The blood, sweat and tears we put in striving to get better are the actual dream.

After taking a few years to really digest my thoughts, I have come to realize that there is some innate thing in people that separates them. You can say that parenting or life experiences through puberty helps to develop certain qualities, but it just seems to me that some people have the special gene and some don’t. Now, when I say “special gene” I am not referring to the person who can dunk at age 12 or the 15 year old pitcher that can throw 92 mph. I am talking about the people who show up early and stay late because they want to get a few extra shots up. The kids who are still playing when the sun goes down and will probably be lacing up their shoes when the sun rises. This is what they do because they strive to be better. I think if anything my experiences the last few years have shown me that no matter what sport you are in or what career field you have decided to go into there is a mentality that needs to be present in order to be successful. Take life by the reins and strive to be better. If we are in accounting, be the absolute best in your branch for the next 24 hours. If you are a car salesman, outsell everyone for the next week. Small goals and baby steps lead to building consistency and greater things down the road. If you can do it for one week, you can find the strength to persevere for a month. Build on what you can do today as if it’s a snowball rolling down a mountain.

You will pick up steam, you will pick up more snow, and your success will become a huge monstrous boulder barreling down a hill.

Let’s get better


#Strength #Speed #Strength&Conditioning #Fitness


Published by strengthcoach7

Graduated from Florida State University with a Masters in Sports Sciences. Strength and conditioning coach, Sports Scientist, and passion to help people find their athleticism.

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