When you hear the word “effort”, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is “how much work have I put into something”. Effort can really define you as an athlete. It can define you as a person. It can really impress a coach or it can really disappoint a coach.
Everyone gives effort. Some give more than others. Some give effort when they feel like it and some give effort all the time.
If you really want to be the athlete you say you want to be, then you must give good effort all the time and to your fullest capability. Like the old saying goes…”Give 110% all the time”.
Coaches notice more than you think. They will be able to pick out those athletes that give a ton of effort all the time and they will notice which athletes give effort only some of the time.
Learning to give effort as an athletes can transfer over to your everyday life. When things get hard in school or everyday life, do you push through to do your best or do you just do enough to get by?
There have been times when I have been guilty of not given full effort, especially when it comes to school. Have you found this to be true with you? Have you found yourself to tired to study for a test, not feeling like going the extra mile work on a skill, or thinking a certain assignment is simply to hard to even learn. Bottom line is, we have to continuously remind ourselves that we will get through the difficulties and we have to work hard at it!
I have an idea. Why don’t we set a challenge for ourselves this week. How much effort can we give? Let’s set a goal and give it more effort than we every have. And, let’s just not apply it to sports. Let’s apply to everyday life.
Different sports are played in different seasons, while some seem to always be in season. Whether your sport is in-seasons or pre-season, I hope your training is going well.
I wanted to take a minute and write about what it means to be the “point guard” or the “quarterback” of your team. Keep in mind, I am not just talking about the sport of basketball or football. I talking about what defines a leader of a team. Most often if you are placed in one of these two positions, you possess leadership qualities. This is not always the case. If you don’t currently have the characteristics of a leader, there is no reason why you cannot learn.
Characteristics of a Point Guard
Here are a few characteristics that are very important to possess:
- Carry the Team on Your Back– By this I don’t mean you have the best stats on the team. What I do mean is the players on your team know that you have there back . You lead them to success. You take the blame for some things that you know it’s not your fault and you do things that help benefit the team.
- Be an Encourager– Be your teammates biggest fan. Always clap and talk during practices and games. Be very enthusiastic and upbeat.
- Always Make Eye Contact– Always know what’s going on. Regularly look your teammates in the eyes and show them you care. Be a great listener. Always have eye contact with coaches while they are teaching you and have a nice solid stance. Stand with feet shoulder width apart with your arms in front or behind your body. Do not lean on one leg looking around or day dreaming about what is going on after practice. I can’t emphasize this enough….always make eye contact!
- Be a Respectable Person – Be a great competitor on the playing field. Be nice and respectful to people. Post game, be sure to clean up after yourself or team. If you see a piece of trash, then pick it up and throw it out. Have integrity and don’t just be a good person when your coach is watching. Be good person all the time. Simple remember…no trash on or off the floor!
- Be Vocal – Direct your teammates and encourage them. You don’t just yell at them in a hateful manner because they made a mistake. Walk up to them and explain what they should have done, followed up by giving them a few compliments on what she have been doing well. Don’t forget to continue with the encouraging words.
These are just a few tips to help you be the “point guard” of your team. It might not be easy to do these things all the time, but trust me if you keep working and constantly practice using these characteristics they will become second nature . Your teammate will have nothing but great respect for. You can be a leader even if you are not involved in a sport. All of the topics I wrote about can be applied to your club or activity that you are involved in.
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“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It” – Walt Disney
Have you ever had a dream that you really wanted to happen, but obstacles got in the way? Maybe those obstacles made you start believing your dream could not be reached and you became less motivated to make it happen?
You know, if you really have a dream and if you want it bad enough, you can achieve it! That’s why I love this quote so much. If you set your mind to fulfilling your dream, then believe hard it can be accomplished!
As a dreamer myself, I have some pretty big goals in my life. I have hit many obstacles that made me have some doubt, but I eventually over came them. Walt Disney is a huge inspiration to me. He went through many challenges but overcame them. Early on in his career, Walt Disney faced bankruptcy and he was even fired from his job because he was “not creative enough”!
We all know what eventually happen to Walt’s dreams. It is amazing to see what he accomplished in his life time and even after.
Let’s learn from Walt Disney….If you have a dream and you really want it, you can do it!
We all know that strength is a big part of sports. The real key to sports is being strong enough to handle the physical contact, being able to throw harder and faster than your competitor, and having the capability to hit harder then your opponent.
You may have great strength in your sport, but do you have strength in your life?
Let me ask you another question. Are you strong enough to say “No” to something you don’t want to do? For instance, you are at your best friend’s house and her parents are not home. She asks you if you want a drink of her parent’s alcohol. Will you say “No?” Or will you say “Yes” because she is your best friend.
Strength plays a huge part in sports, but it plays an even bigger part in life. Will you have the strength to stand up and control your life? Will you have the strength to say “No” to drugs and alcohol? And, will you have the strength to stand up for someone who is being bullied?
Be strong! Have the strength to stand up and go against the pressures you might face. Believe in yourself and believe that by standing against what is wrong you will be better off. People will look back and respect and admire you for having the strength to say “No” to the things you knew where wrong.
I have faith that every single one of you can build this strength!
“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside” – Unknown
This quote is so right on because beauty is truly not all about looks.
You are Beautiful
You don’t have to be the prettiest or most popular girl in school for people to like and respect you. It makes me very sad when I read negative social media post girls write. Many times these posts are about how ugly they are, how fat they are or how some body part is out of proportion…Girls YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
If I could give you one piece of advice it would be to STOP putting yourself down and always remember to be your #1 FAN.
It is so true. You really do need to be more concerned about how beautiful you are on the inside. To me, being beautiful on the inside means:
Being genuinely nice to someone.
Standing up for what is right.
Helping someone in need.
Being loyal and reliable.
Being a great friend.
Having good morals.
Let’s take a closer look at one trait I believe is very important. That is being confident in your own skin. Confidence can go along way. If someone sees that you are confident good things can happen like, a lead role in a play or video, getting a job that many applied for, or making a spot on a high level team. Building your confidence is possible, but it may take a little work.
If you have struggled or are struggling with being confident or believing you are beautiful and you want to share your story, send it to me. If you give me permission I will post your story. If you allow me to post your story, my guess is you will help someone just by sharing how you overcame your feelings about yourself or how you are currently dealing with it.