First and foremost, I would like to “Big UP”(meaning congrats in Virgin Islands lingo) the Virgin Islands olympic committee and the five incredible athletes representing the U.S.V.I.
Now with that out of the way (I am extremely proud of our native people), how do you as an athlete become so good that you can represent your country or island’s territory? How do you as an athlete become so good that you can represent your team? How does your team become so great that it can represent your school and the conference it plays in?
There is only one answer! Three internal concepts.
The answer: DESIRE
Below I explain the three concept nature of desire.
1. Where do you want to be? What do you want to become?
Be very clear about this! For those of you haven’t done this yet, and those of you who believe that you already know but your performance isn’t increasing, get a journal! I say a journal because you are less likely to throw a journal away than a sheet of paper. Take a half-day and envision what you want your performance to look like and what the level of play looks like. I want you to envision how you will play with hard times and with successes.
When you get this clear in your mind, WRITE IT DOWN. In fact, make a copy and stick it up where you can see it everyday (like your favorite poster).
2. WHY!? Why is that important to you? Why do you want to do that?
Take the other half of the day and figure out why you want to perform at that level of play. Don’t try to find the “right” answer, find the “true” one. Your why has to be stronger than the reasons everyone else will tell you to be doing something else. Don’t worry how it makes you look, at the very least you are finding out about yourself.
Dan Gable (Top 100 Olympians of all time)
“When people ask me how to raise their level of performance, the first thing I ask is, How important is it to you?”
3. The WILL TO FIGHT!
This third piece is the toughest and most unforgiving of all. Every great coach knows that you can’t teach this. It can only be revealed through the journey of your why. Every athlete has to fight against the monkey of mediocrity on their backs. And it comes in different forms for all levels of athletes but it is still a primate on your back: laziness, lack of time management, setbacks, procrastination, listening to false beliefs(good or bad), fear, discouragement, doubt, depression, double-mindedness, success etc. You must fight through all of these plus more!
Here’s a rule when fighting a gorilla: You don’t quit when you’re tired – you quit when the gorilla is tired.
what two things are hindering you the most to get where you want to be? what have you found that helps you get through the tough times?
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