What’s up athletes,
Challenges happen to everyone and in many different ways. Many athletes over the past couple of weeks have been messaging me about the challenges they are going through and how to handle them. I’m not sure what type of challenges you, who is reading this, may be going through or even if you’ve faced a challenge yet, but you will and you must learn how to handle it. Being able to know WHY a challenge is happening, and HOW to overcome it is crucial in becoming the athlete you dream of. No road to the top is smooth and filled with an effortless trip. The road is usually battered with obstacles, road blocks, and challenges never for seen. Today I want to give you 3 pieces of advice that will not only help you EMBRACE these challenges but understand why they are happening, and show you how to get through them faster and effectively.
1. Why challenges happen.
An old mentor of mine once said, “the same wind blows on us all. The wind of disaster, the wind of struggle, the wind of losing, and the wind of downfall, but it’s not the blowing of the wind that separates how FAST we reach our goal but the SET OF THE SAIL.” He meant that no matter who you are; you will go through challenges. I don’t care if you’re the nicest, most giving, and most hardworking athlete in the world, you will have challenges. Maybe on the court, maybe off the court. Challenges show up in our lives for really only one reason and that’s to GROW us into who we want to become. You must first learn to LOSE before you LEARN how to WIN. Ever heard of that saying? There are millions of examples of different challenges people go through every day but no matter how tough, how long, or what type of challenge shows up please remember it’s there to GROW YOU. For example, I was not mentally tough, I didn’t have a work ethic, I didn’t know crap about how to lead a team, and I had a horrible attitude but I wanted to win a State Championship. God took me through some of the most difficult challenges, I lost big games that hurt, I let a lot of people down, but it wasn’t until one of my best friends help me realize all of that was happening for a reason, to make me tougher, to help me lead, and to learn how to win. I just had to realize that. Once you realize these are OPPORTUNITIES to grow not challenges to shrink the next step is having the right attitude.
2. Attitude determines altitude.
What this means is the better your attitude the higher you go. Your human, some of the challenges we will go through will knock us off our feet and onto our butts. They will hurt and I would be lying to you if I said there were times where I wanted to quit but you can’t. The key is not STAYING DOWN and GETTING UP. Your attitude not only determines how high you go but also how fast it takes to get there. There are 2 athletes both want to win and become great players, and both get knocked down with different challenges. The first athlete cries, complains, pouts, and tries to blame and make excuses. The challenge goes away but always keeps coming back in different forms because the athlete has not learned how to get through it. The second athlete gets knocked down and instead of blaming, simply gets up, he doesn’t want to stay down. He realized what he did wrong and fixes it. The 2nd athlete not only goes on to become a great player but has a break out season 3 months later. The first athlete finally after 4 years learned why he kept going through this challenge but it was too late, his season/career had ended. See, your attitude determines how fast you get by these challenges. You have the CHOICE to let these challenges keep you down, or make you learn.
The last piece of advice on challenges is the choice you have on how to look at a challenge. Some let it DEFINE them and some let it MOTIVATE them. Some make sure they work harder and others quit. You ultimately have the choice on how to handle a challenge. Most never understand why a challenge happens and what it’s here for. Most athletes think it’s there to mean they aren’t meant for what they are going for but its actually the opposite. No one FELL from the sky on top of the mountain. You have to CLIMB UP. Through the dirt, mud, over the rocks, across the ledges, and around the other obstacles. It’s hard work getting to the top. Whenever challenges occur have a mentality where you are going to get through it. Quitting never solves anything and it never helps you. When you want something you’ll find a way, if you really didn’t and it was all talk the whole time, your challenges will reveal that and you’ll quit and make excuses.
Hopefully these 3 tips helped. Take them in and next time you have a challenge remember, it’s there to help you grow, have a positive attitude and make the choice to not let it get you down or keep you down. Let it be an opportunity and a stepping stone to push you one step closer to GREATNESS.
Until next time,