When change happens in our lives it drains our energy. We are functioning less on autopilot, out of our routines. Both positive and negative changes use up our energy as we work to adjust to the newness. Learning new behaviors and norms. Increased focus. Overthinking. Worry.
BUT… But don’t bail yourself out of responsibility thinking there’s nothing you can do about it. We all need to take care of our mental and physical health, but we also must understand we are largely in control of our energy! Elite competitors are not dependent on their environment to create energy. They create their own.
Because of the loud change we are all going through right now, plus the added complication of new changes each week, we are getting fatigued. Learning to work from home, adjusting to remote learning, finding new ways to work with and lean on friends, and keeping ourselves safe and sane on a daily basis. This major reshaping of our lives is a taxing thing. And in order to create our own energy through this time where it feels like it’s all being sucked away, we must evaluate our habits, mindsets, and commitments. Create that energy today, regardless of the changes that try to wear you out.
Do you have the mindset necessary to get better and get to a better position/viewpoint. Whether you are an athlete, parent of an athlete, or someone who chases growth, we all run into issues of progress and confidence. In these moments is a pivotal choice: get frustrated and slow down (or quit) OR trust the process and keep working.
Nothing in sports come easy, and what is often called luck is actually hard work and opportune timing. Athletes need to understand that there will be bad days, there will be injuries, there will be bad coaches, and there will be unfairness at times. There will also be good days, healthy periods, and good coaches! Mentally strong athletes know that they must trust the process through these tougher periods in order to reach their goals and thrive.
One active step in building this mindset is the use of the word “yet.” When you are working to be proficient at something, use the word yet when thinking of your mastery. For example, “I am not a great deep shooter YET. Last season I shot 27% from 3. I am working on my 3 point shot and want to be a 40% shooter next season.” Or, “I didn’t make the top team that I wanted to, YET. I will train more seriously and try out again next season.”
Add YET to your vocabulary and build your habit of using the growth mindset to acquire skill, push through adversity, and trust the process even when your training feels stuck!
Work on your handle and complete this ball handling challenge this week to improve your strength and control!
Go as hard as you can with this and make mistakes! Once you get comfortable doing this series a few times, do it for speed to push yourself. (Beat your time)
50 Pound dribbles Right, Then Left (knee high)
40 In and out R, then L
30 Pound dribble, crossovers
20 Behind the back V’s (continuous cross)
10 Triple combo (crossover, between, behind)
20 Scissors between the legs
30 In and out crossovers
50 Speed Pounds (low to ground) Right, Then Left
Reach out when you complete the challenge!
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