Are you a starter, or do you come off the bench?
Do you play lots of minutes, or just a few?
Now the important question, especially if your role is not aligned with your aspirations: How do you handle it?
How is your attitude and body language? What are you projecting to your teammates and coaches?
Your role on your team — and your contribution — may not be exactly what you’ve envisioned, but it’s important to accept your role.
That doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it or satisfied with it; nor does it mean you should resign yourself to believing there’s nothing you can do to change it.
It does mean, however, that you must do your best to avoid negativity — negative thoughts, words, and actions — that can disrupt and erode team chemistry.
That being said, if you have loftier goals than your current situation enables, don’t be complacent — keep working toward your dream.
Work hard at practice and push the teammate(s) playing in front of you. Your efforts at practice can help make the whole team better, in addition to improving you.
Away from practice, continue to work hard — on your own — strengthening your individual skills.
Not everyone can (or will) be their team’s star player or MVP, but you do have the ability to be better tomorrow than you are today.
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