The Three Attitudes - Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
The three attitudes.¬†¬†There are obviously more levels but out of limited time and for simplicity I will crunch them into three.
Attitude is everything.¬† Our¬† attitude determines how successful we will be.¬† It‚Äôs that simple.¬† Here are the three common attitudes.¬†¬† 1-How little can I do?¬†2-I will work hard.¬† 3-what more can I do!?¬†
1-The ‚ÄėHow little can I do and get away with it‚ÄĚ attitude.
This common attitude is self-explanatory.¬† This is the average person‚Äôs attitude.¬† This is the athlete that wants to be successful but doesn‚Äôt want to leave their comfort zone.¬† They don‚Äôt want to make any changes.¬† They don‚Äôt want to be any more committed than they already are.¬†¬† They lack discipline.¬† They might work hard until they get tired. They will be committed as long as there isn‚Äôt something more fun to do.¬† This person usually tries to make fun of the more committed athletes because it‚Äôs easier to do that then join in the hard work.¬† They look for easy partners in practice.¬† They complain often.¬†¬† If this athlete is talented they will have success but inconsistently and usually not in the clutch situations.¬† They hope to not have to be challenged in practice or matches.¬† If they do find themselves in a tough match, they are willing to surrender and give up.¬† This athlete is usually one of the first guys to leave the room after practice.¬† They work only as hard as they have to, in all areas.¬† They usually keep an eye on the coach during practice so they can coast when the coach isn‚Äôt watching.¬†¬† They go to practice because it is a requirement to be on the team, not to get better.¬†¬† Socially, they might follow team rules during the season but will be quick to find an excuse to party if they can.¬† In the off season, partying is a priority for them.¬†¬† This athlete has fooled themselves into believing that their success is based on circumstances.¬† They are quick to criticize others but rarely hold themselves accountable.¬†¬† They are creative in finding excuses why it isn‚Äôt their fault when things don‚Äôt work out, and look for excuses to keep in their back pocket in case of emergencies.¬† They understand that obstacles are a part of the game but really hope to avoid them completely.¬† Obstacles are excuses to them.¬†¬†If there is a shortcut, you can bet this person will take it.¬†¬†They aren‚Äôt team players usually and worry only about themselves.¬† This person usually doesn‚Äôt have much gratitude for the opportunity in front of them.¬†¬† This person focuses on things they can‚Äôt control instead of what they can.¬† This person has fun when they can beat up on someone that isn‚Äôt in their league, but doesn‚Äôt enjoy tough matches or challenges.¬† This person¬†is more concerned about being the “star” of the team, then the team winning.¬† ¬†¬†
2-¬† I will work hard.
This athlete is willing to work hard but is missing one or a couple key ingredients to reaching their full potential.¬† This person in above average.¬† They work hard but usually work hard ‚Äútheir way.‚ÄĚ¬†Maybe the person with this attitude lacks complete confidence.¬† It‚Äôs difficult to be ‚Äúall in‚ÄĚ when you don‚Äôt believe you will reach your goal.¬† This person puts more emphasis on circumstances then they should. This person generally means well, they just have¬†flawed beliefs.¬† Those beliefs can be corrected but only with¬†hard work, humility, and faith. ¬†They think the stars have to be aligned for them. ¬†Everything has to be perfect for them to reach their potential in competition. ¬†They understand that obstacles are a part of the game but struggle to overcome them.¬† The majority of the time they lack discipline.¬† They might be willing to do the big things but aren‚Äôt willing to do the little things.¬† The little things make the big things go.¬† The little things are discipline with weight management, discipline to get enough sleep, discipline to think positively, or not quite willing to accept or believe their coach 100%.¬†¬† Their weight and diet usually balloon up and down because of a lack of discipline which results in inconsistent energy levels and ultimately results.¬† They are willing to work hard but not necessarily willing to work smart.¬† They are stubborn and not willing to commit 100% or willing to buy into the system.¬† They want to win but have a difficult time focusing on effort instead of results.¬† Focusing on results (winning and losing) limits game day performance but very few are willing to not do it.¬†Focusing on something you can’t control is a huge waste of time and energy.¬†
Maybe they don‚Äôt think the little things are important.¬† Maybe they think they can get away with a lack of discipline in certain areas.¬† Maybe it‚Äôs important to them to be the best they can be, but just not quite important enough to make the difficult sacrifices.¬† They don‚Äôt learn from other people‚Äôs mistakes and rarely learn from their own.¬† This person is often afraid to make mistakes and that fear¬†tends to hold them back.¬† They proceed with caution and that caution often turns them into ‚Äúthinkers.‚ÄĚ¬†¬†Over thinking¬†slows reaction and attack time and limits potential.¬† This person is a team player but doesn‚Äôt want to shoot the final shot in the closing seconds to win the game.¬† This person is usually determined to win but can get stuck trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
3- What more can I do!?
This person gets the most out of their ability.¬† It doesn‚Äôt mean they are having the most success because as we know, we are not all created equal in terms of athletic ability.¬† This is the person that works as if they cannot fail.¬† They are totally committed.¬† They want to know what more they can do.¬† They are rarely (if ever satisfied) with where they are at.¬† They continuously seek ways to improve.¬† Very few people with this type of attitude would even consider touching alcohol, tobacco or drugs.¬† They are usually the first to arrive at practice and last to leave.¬† They love to compete.¬† They love to train.¬† They take responsibility for their actions.¬† They are grateful for what they have and the opportunities they blessed with.¬† They fight for the team and that ironically gives them their best performance.¬† They act on faith instead of waiting for confidence.¬† They know they have earned the right to be successful.¬† They compete hard and create their own circumstances.¬† They don‚Äôt allow ‚Äúchance‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúluck‚ÄĚ to play a role in their matches.¬† If they lose it is because they got beat, not because they beat themselves.¬† Doing everything right and being disciplined is a no brainer because they want to be successful.¬† They do well academically because they know that you can‚Äôt be a great athlete if you aren‚Äôt a great student.¬† This person is coachable and always looking for a better way to do things.¬† They look for the positives in situations instead of the negative. This person questions their doubts instead of their chances for success.¬† ¬†They focus on what they can control. ¬†¬†Their day is centered around their priorities (academics and athletics) and inching closer to their goals. They get things done today.¬† This person makes the necessary sacrifices that separate them from the other attitudes.¬† The difficulties are a pleasure because they understand that those difficulties are just part of the process of reaching their greatest potential.¬† This person understands that there may very well be obstacles.¬† They expect obstacles.¬† They understand that their opponents are under the same stress and pressure that they are and that gives them confidence to shrug it off.¬† They want the pressure because they know that means they are doing things correctly.¬† They understand nerves and pressure are part of life and nothing to worry about.¬† This person has a deep hatred of losing but they don‚Äôt fear losing.¬† Their hatred of losing motivates them to work harder and compete harder, not tighten up to avoid mistakes.¬† They understand that 7 minutes is plenty of time to make up for a mistake or two if needed.¬† This person enjoys competing.¬† They look at life like, ‚ÄúWhy not me!?!‚ÄĚ¬† Someone is going to win, someone is going to be the national champion….why not me!?!”
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