“The only way you really do this is if you love it. It takes dedication.” – Andrew Smith
I woke up one morning, and decided that this is what I wanted to do. The truth of the matter is that I had wanted to do it for some time. I just never had.
As we are nearing the end of our third month (has it really been three months?) of writing this blog, I can say that the reason I never started it sooner was that I was not ready to commit to the day in and day out of writing. I had all these grand ideas for what I wanted it to be. Aaron and I had discussed so many of them. Yet, I always found excuses for why it had to wait another month. I was not ready to dedicate myself to it, so the idea and all of the positive messages I felt we had to share remained on ice.
I find that this can often be the case for young athletes. They watch all of the highlights on Sportscenter, play in their backyards as children, and dream of being in the box…Game 7 of the World Series, bases loaded, 3-2 count, 2 outs. They, too, have these grand ideas of what they want their athletic careers to be.
The problem is that not every athlete wants to make the commitment to make these grand ideas come true. It takes passion. It takes effort. It takes dedication.
One of the things that I try to stress to the players I coach is that they cannot get better by only showing up the few hours at practice. There are not enough reps to go around in a two hours practice in order to make them better. There are too many team things that need to be taken care and implemented when coaches have their entire team together to spend time developing every single player individually. Can we get to some every practice? Sure. But is that going to be enough to get players where they say they want to go? Absolutely not.
It takes dedication. Players need to be proactive in doing the individual work needed to give themselves the best opportunity to make those grand ideas a reality. Look at the great players on your team. What are they doing? Odds are they show up early to get more reps, they stay after to get more reps, they do not take plays off in practice. They work, they work, and they work some more.
Not because they have to, but because they want to.
We all want to be better. We all want to be promoted. We all want to make the team, be a contributor, play at the next level.
I have said it before, but we have to fall in love with the process. We have to love doing the things that are going to make us better, help us get promoted, and take us to the next level.
These things are not always easy. It is easier to put our work down at exactly 5:00pm and head for home. It is easier to hit the snooze button and not get a jump start on our day. It is easier to show up at the exact time practice begins and leave the minute practice ends. It is easier to make excuses for why we do not have the things we want.
But you want to be better? Well, it takes a little bit of sacrifice. It takes a whole lot of extra work. It takes doing the things that no one else is stepping up to do. it takes putting yourself out there and volunteering for more responsibilities. It takes being proactive. It takes passion. It takes commitment. There are no shortcuts. It takes dedication.
Bring your best today!