Showing posts from March, 2021

The Purpose of Practice

The main purpose of practice is to improve. This may seem obvious, but many athletes forget about this. Rather than focusing on improving their skills in practice, they focus more on winning scrimmages and showing off how good they are. This can cause athletes to practice inefficiently. Instead of working on their weaknesses, they'll stay in their comfort zone and only practice what they're already good at. This happens especially during competitive games and scrimmages when athletes care so much about winning that they don't take any risks or attempt to practice their weaker skills. While this may help them win a somewhat meaningless scrimmage, it doesn't really help them improve that much. This happens because athletes have the natural tendency to satisfy their egos by winning, showing off, and hiding their weaknesses. To counteract this, athletes need to consciously quiet their egos and focus more on the higher goal of improving. And coaches need to do their job to

Book Review: The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

In The Culture Code , author Daniel Coyle shares the three main ingredients that make up successful team cultures. They are: 1. Safety/belonging 2. Vulnerability 3. Purpose When these three ingredients are present in a culture, team chemistry, cohesion, and performance are greatly increased. This is because when team members feel a sense of "psychological safety," they are more likely to give their best effort, take risks, share ideas, be vulnerable, and cooperate with their teammates. Much of the problems of bad team cultures are due to a lack of psychological safety. Without a sense of belonging and safety, team members often feel tense and anxious around each other. They are less likely to take risks, speak up, share ideas, give their best effort, and be vulnerable because they are scared of being judged by their teammates and coaches. Instead of focusing entirely on the mission of their team, they are too worried about status and protecting their egos. The best leaders br

You Can't Hide From Pressure

The reason why we feel the stress of pressure is because it's supposed to discourage us from participating in high stakes events that could hurt our survival. This may have been helpful for our ancestors, but today, we often find ourselves in pressure situations that we have no choice but to participate in. As athletes, when we're facing pressure in games, it does no good to quit and run away. When you are in a pressure situation, you have three options: 1. You can escape the situation and not even perform under pressure. 2. You can embrace the pressure, try your best to cope effectively with it, and perform as best as you can. 3. Or you can fail to cope effectively, let your nerves get to you, choke, and perform poorly. When you're in a situation when there's no choice but to perform under pressure, choice #1 isn't even an option. As an athlete, there are many times when you can't hide from pressure. For example, when a basketball player gets fouled on t

Peak Performance and Mental Toughness

Peak performance can be defined as playing up to your maximum potential. It is playing as well as your body, mind, and preparation allows you to. Playing with peak performance has five components: 1. Being fully prepared physically and mentally. 2. Playing with maximum effort. 3. Playing with maximum concentration. 4. Playing with maximum poise and composure (or the ideal amount of relaxation). 5. Playing with great intelligence and teamwork. The goal of any athlete is to reach peak performance every time they step onto the court. However, this is easier said than done. In order to reach and maintain peak performance consistently, you need mental toughness. Mental toughness is the ability to reach and maintain peak performance through a variety of stressors, such as discomfort, distractions, and pressure. Reaching peak performance would be easy if you didn't have to play through any stress or obstacles. However, in games, there are many things that can prevent you from reaching and

Hard Work Pays Off!

As an athlete, you need to believe that hard work pays off. If you don't believe that hard work pays off, then what's the point of working hard!? It is the belief that hard work pays off that motivates you to work hard. You tolerate and push through the grind because you know it'll be worth it. The more you believe that hard work pays off, the harder you'll work, and therefore, the more successful you'll be! However, at the same time, you need to realize that not all hard work is equal. Only the hardest and smartest work truly pays off. You may think you work hard, but if you don't work as hard as your competition, then your hard work probably won't pay off. And even if you do work harder than your competition, your hard work still might not pay off because you're not working smart enough. Do not deceive yourself and think that your hard work will pay off if you're not truly working hard or smart enough. This overconfidence will only lead to failure