You want to be good. We’ve heard you say it. What’s the weekly commitment? What’s the daily commitment? Not having a gym or a hoop is a common problem I hear players say keeps them from getting more work in. Let’s not let that hold us back.
Today we have a ball handling drill that you can repeat each day. 10 minutes is only 1% of your day (outside of your 8 hours of sleep). You said you wanted to be good. You said you wanted to get better. This is opportunity. Choose discipline and get after it!
low ankle to ankle
Left side of the body
Pound, in-out, 1-2
Pound, in-out, 1-2, through legs
Right hand: Same
Behind the back
Crossover to behind the back
Crossover-behind back-through legs
In-out-crossover-through legs-behind back
*This gets to a higher level towards the end, younger players, repeat the drill through the combo crosses and try to add more as you improve!
It doesn’t have to be this specific workout, but take the initiative to commit to working on your own on your game!
Athletes - What do you want? Think about the goals you want to accomplish. Write down what you aspire to in sports. Be specific. Do you want to start in high school? Do you want to play in college? Do you want to be the best defensive player in your conference? Do you want to be a 40% 3 point shooter?
Knowing what you want is an important question to answer for yourself. Then, identify the work that will help you get there. Because that is what it is going to take to accomplish big goals in a competitive sport, WORK. You must build mental toughness, physical strength, skills, and a high level of understanding (high IQ). To develop all of these areas you are going to have to work extremely hard.
Knowing what you want will help you make a plan. How do you get what you want? Create a plan for the work that you will need to do consistently. And here’s the great part…ask those around you for help. Many people will step up and help you chase your goals, you don’t have to do it alone (coaches, parents, brother/sister, teammates).
Secondly, knowing what you want (it can change, but go ahead and ask yourself what it is today!) and seeing it in your handwriting will help you push through the tough times when you don’t feel like working or when things feel like they are going against you. These are the moments you own the greatness you want! Show up on the bad days and accomplish something that gets you closer to your goal.
Decide what you want. Then go chase it. Put in the blood, sweat, and tears to be the best version of you!
Who are your heroes? Your mentors? You don’t have to personally know each person you look up to, and there are countless examples out there to study and watch and read about.
Enter Tom Brady.
Brady just won his 7th Super Bowl and his 5th Super Bowl MVP honor. He is the NFL’s winningest quarterback and has proven to be one of the ultimate competitors. Let's look at a few traits he has embodied that we can learn from!
Worker - Brady was drafted in the 6th round and worked to be ready when his chance came (became first string QB because of injury in 2001). He watches hours of film, works tirelessly on his body, and works on his mental toughness. He has a growth mindset and outworks the guys around him.
Humble - Brady constantly praises the guys around him and tries to put the attention on their abilities instead of his own. This makes a super star also a good teammate. He says things like “It takes a lot of people to get us to where we are” and “I’m so proud of these guys, we believed we could do it all along.”
Confident - Brady believes in himself. He has put in the work to trust himself in big moments, and he stays present with those big moments. He also bets on himself. After New England drafted him, he apparently said to owner Robert Kraft when he first met him, “I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.”
Can you learn from Tom Brady and implement one of these traits in the pursuit of your goals?
And, when in doubt, sleep.
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