A few days ago, I published a blog post titled, You’ve Got to Practice at Game Speed. Today, I’d like to address practice and preparation from a different angle — specifically, the athlete’s focus and intensity level.
I must admit, once again, my thoughts and observations are based on having watched my daughter’s — and our high school girls varsity basketball team’s — scrimmages. And my comments don’t just apply to our team. To some extent, I saw this in each and every one of the five teams that participated in the scrimmage.
Some of the pre-game warm-up activity was just awful. I’m not referring to the drills, themselves, but rather the effort with which the drills were performed. Many of the players’ focus and intensity level was variable, at best. Some of them didn’t even look like they took it seriously — half-hearted passing, shooting, and overall execution. Moving through the drills at half-speed. Laughing, joking, and fooling around. Do you really believe there’s no carry-over into the game? I’m not suggesting that the student-athlete experience shouldn’t be enjoyable. But once you lace them up and step on the court, it’s time to focus your attention and effort on the task at hand.
Representing your high school on the basketball court is a privilege… not an entitlement! Same goes for any other sport at any other level. Show that you respect the game, your teammates, your coaches — and yourself — by taking your decision and commitment to play a little more seriously.
The same principle applies to school, work… and life. How do you study for your upcoming exam? How do you prepare for your business presentation? Are you setting yourself up for success, or sabotaging your own efforts?
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