Investment? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Are we talking money here? Nope!
I am talking about what you put into athletics–the thoughts, the exercise, the mental, and the day in and day out fight! And trust me with this, it is a fight and NOTHING will ever be given to you on a silver platter. It just doesn’t happen that way. (Even if you’ve never had to clean your room!) So you must work and word hard…that is your investment. Your investment is the every day practice schedules, the strength training, the mental preparation–everything.
Athletes in every sport always think that in the beginning of the season that they can live on what they have done in the past. They think last season’s training will have them ready to go. Never happens. The more you miss, a day here and a day there…well, then your investment becomes weak and less stable. The more you don’t give it your all at practice, even those times you feel bad, your armor becomes dented and its easier the next time to take it easy. Trust me on that one—I see it everyday. “Taking it easy” becomes a snowball, which just builds and builds until not working hard becomes routine.
The great athletes give everything they have, all the time, every time. (Even if they’re not feeling that great.) One instance that comes to mind was Michael Jordan’s 1997 Playoff Game where he had the flu…..he scored 38 points and was the decisive victory that helped the Chicago Bulls win the Championship that year. He was a player that always, always was at full speed and always intense. You can do it and you need to start now.
So start working on your overall investment and build on something that no one has ever done before and take your body to places it’s never been. You’ll thank me later. Work on the everyday, don’t worry about what your friends are doing when you get to practice, UNLESS, you want to live their dreams.
Get focused and do it now. One blog, and you have seen it before, that always reminds me of this is the Pickle Jar!