Showing posts from July, 2021

How to Finish Strong in Games

Learning how to finish strong in games is one of the hardest things to do in sports. Playing well for the first three quarters isn't always that difficult. It can be easy to build a large lead against a weaker opponent, but it's not always easy to finish them off in the fourth quarter. Many times, teams will build a large lead but then blow it away towards the end of the game. For example, a football team may be up 28-0 at halftime, but then only win 35-21. What could have been a dominating performance becomes a close game. Even worse, a team may be up 21-10 with five minutes to go, but then choke and lose 21-24. So as an athlete, how do you learn to finish stronger in games?  The first step to finishing strong in games is maintaining motivation. Too often, teams will get too satisfied with a lead and become complacent. They get overconfident and think they are safe with their large lead. In some cases, this may true, but still, taking your foot off the gas to save energy is r

Three Keys to Sustaining Long-term Motivation

There are three main keys to sustaining motivation and having a long, successful athletic career. The first key is loving the process. Some people only love outcomes such as championships, fame, or money. These things can be strong motivators at times, but they aren't always reliable. There will be times when you're facing adversity such as a being in a slump or getting injured. At these moments, if you only care about outcomes, then you're likely to get discouraged, lose motivation, and be tempted to give up playing your sport altogether.  This is why it's important to love the process, since it gives you a reliable source of motivation to get through adversity and have a long, successful career. But what exactly does loving the process mean? It means loving all the little things that go into being an athlete. It means loving each step of the journey. It means loving the grind. It mean loving the process of improvement. It means finding joy and meaning in all of th

How to Deal with Bad Coaches

As an athlete, you will have many coaches throughout your career. Some of them will be good, and some of them will be bad. You’ll love playing for the good coaches, but you may hate playing for the bad coaches. The bad coaches may negatively affect you in many ways, including: Hurting your confidence and self-esteem. Spreading a negative attitude and mindset. Teaching you bad habits and techniques. Not pushing you hard enough. Pushing you too hard and causing burnout/injuries. Not giving you the playing time you deserve. We’ve all had coaches who hurt us in these ways and many more. Playing for bad coaches can not only stunt your growth and prevent you from reaching your goals, but it can also cause you to lose your love for the game and quit. So how do you deal with bad coaches? The first thing you need to do is check yourself. Is your coach really a bad coach, or do you just have a bad attitude? Is your coach behaving in unacceptable ways, or are you just being mentally weak and unco

Book Review: Be All In by Christie Pearce Rampone and Dr. Kristine Keane

Be All In: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life , by Christie Pearce Rampone and Dr. Kristine Keane is one of the best sports books I've read in a long time. Unlike most sports books, which are geared mainly towards athletes or coaches, this book is geared mainly towards parents. This is what makes this book special. It is parents, not coaches or even kids themselves, that have the greatest impact on a child's development. Good parenting helps kids develop into healthy, mature, and mentally tough athletes/people. On the other hand, bad parenting stunts the growth of children and can lead to all kinds of emotional and behavior problems later in life. By the time a kid is 18 years old, they will have an entire set of attitudes, skills, and experiences that will either help them succeed or fail as an athlete and as a person. While coaches can have a great influence on children, it is mainly parents who provide their children with the attitudes, skills, and experiences neede