This year while I am looking at the hard and intense work that athletes put in for their pre-season conditioning, I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend. In conditioning, the coaches show the athletes what needs to be done physically to get you through the tough season ahead. There is no extra work that could be done…when you’re spent you’re spent.

But when coaching conditioning translates into coaching sport skills, there seems to be an unspoken rule amongst athletes. In conditioning, you do the exercises coach says to do in the time slot the coach gives. This mindset translates when conditioning turns into skill training. Athletes (hopefully unknowingly) say they skill train only during the time when coach sets up the season practices. That’s enough.

Having a “that’s enough” mindset is a maze-obstacle to being great. It slows your growth down. You can find reasonable excuses why you can’t work on your skills but if you really love your sport…you make time. One summer after Kobe won the NBA championship, he looked up Hakeem Olajuwon to improve his skills. The lesson? There is no time, when you have it free, that you don’t work on getting better.

Having a “that’s enough” mindset reveals that that person doesn’t know what it takes to put up a championship banner or hold up its trophy.

To be honest, I don’t know what it takes to be that great team but I do understand that it can’t be what any group of athletes have been doing so far yet without the championship…it has to be something else! Something new!

So what do you do when you don’t know what it takes to be great?! You look at the great teams and the great players and emulate them! But that is easier said than done.

Why? Because any person who has been great in any endeavor in life worked hard and extra hours to get it done!

Are you willing to do the same?

Are you becoming great or remaining the same?
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