Everyone wants to improve in the sport they love, and today I’m going to share 11 steps to do just that.
Note: These steps are in no particular order.
1) Hard work
Becoming a better athlete doesn’t come easy. As you know, it takes hard work. You have to put a lot of sweat in tears into your skills to get better. Consistency and will power will get you to your goals faster than anything else, so don’t give up even when it hard if you truly want to improve.
Becoming good at something takes repetition and countless hours of focusing on skills. You don’t just get better just at something only by doing it once. There is always something to improve on even pro still have skills they work on to get better. You have to build a solid foundation of muscle memory in order to act quickly during a game under pressure, so practice every day for at least 30 minutes to keep your performance level as high as it can be.
3) Focus On The Basics
The basic skills are just as important as the new skills you learn later on as you get better. The basics are there for a reason; it still works and is still used, for example, in basketball, skills like a regular layup, a simple jump shot, or defensive slides. They are all important skills of the game, even if they aren’t fancy or fun to practice. Going back to the basics is extremely important, especially if you haven’t played in a few days.
4) Studying And Scouting
Increasing your knowledge by reading books about your sport or even watching some college and pro games. Watching people who are at a higher level than you and studying what they did to get there will help you critique your performance and improve overall.
To be dedicated is to commit to getting better and become a better athlete by consistently working up to your goals. And to have a mindset that no one can stop you from reaching your goals, except you.
Staying motivated can help you stay in the mindset to work hard and focus on your goals. Sometimes It’s hard to love your sport when all it feels like all your doing is training and working, and it feels like your coaches expect the most from you.
To keep yourself from getting burned out its important to regularly play a game just for fun with your friends without thinking of it as practice and remember why you love the sport you play; everyone needs something that fuels you never to give up, so try and remember why you started playing in the first place and forget about all the stress while your playing and just have fun so you will stay motivated even when it’s hard.
7) Running Your Own Race
You are going to have your moment to shine; everyone’s journey is different. Just be you and don’t try to be someone or something your not. Don’t focus on who’s equal to you or who’s at a higher level than you.
Everyone improves at different rates, and comparing yourself to your peers is a recipe for disaster cause you will feel discouraged, which will decrease your ability to play the game to the best of your ability.
Don’t ever feel less than just because someone is more advanced than you, instead use that to motivate you to train just as hard as they do. As long as you know you are doing your best, that’s all that matters; if you know that you could be working harder but want to get better, force yourself to work that hard in order to achieve your goals.
8) Be Competitive
Having a chip on your shoulder is essential in sports. It shows that you are very determined, and you don’t back down from competition. It also shows that you love the challenge, and you don’t fold under pressure.
It helps the coach see that you want to be in the game when its crunch-time and recruiters love a player that has a chip on their shoulder and is ready to take the challenge. In that same breath, don’t let that competitiveness turn into an attitude because being a good sport is just as important as being competitive.
9) Ask Questions
Asking questions to answers you want to know is important. You don’t know everything and don’t go through stuff on your own if you don’t have too. Sometimes you might feel as though you have a dumb question, and you might feel timid about asking your coach, but I guarantee that any good coach would rather you ask that “dumb” question to improve rather than trying to figure it out yourself. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, but being too scared and not asking does.
10) Surround Yourself With People That Have Similar Goals As You
Surrounding yourself with people that want to achieve the same goals as you or have already been through the journey to get to those goals and are at the level you want to get to can help you focus on your dreams.
These people will help you to not get distracted and keep you from losing sight of your goals, and it can also help just working together with them to bounce ideas off of each other so you can all improve together.
11) Write Your Sports Goals Down
Writing your goals down in a journal can ensure that you don’t lose sight of your goals. Writing them down also helps with keeping things organized. You might have a lot of goals in mind, and writing them on paper can help keep track of them, and even when you complete a goal, you can check that goal off, which will motivate you to continue working towards your other goals.
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