Imagine you are about to graduate from college. You spent 4 years of your life as a student-athlete. Based on your daily habits, would you be satisfied at your graduation with the memories you formed?
Chasing athletic excellence isn’t an easy road to be on but it is necessary for your growth. College is a major benchmark in maturing; it’s the place where you learn to no longer wallow in your past, using it to justify your behaviors. College is where you choose what you want and go after it – forging new behaviors and habits.
As a collegiate student-athlete, you get to battle on two fronts (academic and athletic). And the one thing that I believe you must learn to master while in college is your EFFORT. Listen carefully to what this quote says about FEAR.
“Fear is an example of extended adolescence. Children are afraid of many things that pose no actual threat to their well being, such as monsters under the bed or in the closet. The adult masses have the same irrational, made-up fears of events that pose no actual threat, yet hold them back from becoming champions. Champions know that growing up emotionally is essential to achieving world-class results. The great ones still feel fear, but choose to confront their fears and ask themselves if the threat is real or imagined. When we allow ourselves to buy into these adolescent fears, we are in essence, behaving like children.” – Steve Siebold
Tough words huh? That quote still pricks me because I still hold some fears that hinder me at times from moving forward with things that I want to do. FEAR is the one thing that always battles against EFFORT.
In the world of athletics, I see athletes who hold themselves back from putting in effort because of held thoughts like,
‘What if I fail?’
‘I’m afraid that if I go all-in with sports that I’ll miss out on what college with my friends has to offer?’
‘My teammates don’t think I’m good.’
‘What if I make mistakes in front of coach?’
Honestly, what do any of those questions have to do with the effort that should be given to your sport? Yet those thoughts will stop athletes from putting more effort into their sports. Those fear-filled questions/thoughts are just there to emotionally throw your attention towards things that hold no real truthful benefit – it’s just make-believe events.
You must find a way to fight through any emotion that tries to hinder you from doing what you know is needed. College-life, especially as a student-athlete, is where you can learn to become that stronger you.
When the time comes for you to walk across that stage for your college degree, what memories will you hold? Ones laced with fear or effort?