While the fad seems to be living for the highlight plays, athletes need to realize that’s NOT what makes you a great player…..I know, not what you expected?
Only a small number of players are able to play CONSISTENT day in and day out and those are usually the greats in their league. Those are the players getting all the recognition. Those are the players making the All-Star teams, winning the awards, and getting noticed by college scouts. They are CONSISTENT no matter where they play, who they play, and when they play.
Let me say that again because I think you might have missed it. TO BE RECOGNIZED YOU JUST HAVE TO BECOME CONSISTENT? Wait…Coach Ben…that it’s?
I’ll give you another nugget of advice. They are consistent in everything. GREAT PLAYERS understand how you do ANYTHING is how you do EVERYTHING.
….they are consistent in practice.
….they are consistent in their preparation.
….they are consistent in showing up.
….they are consistent in preparing for games.
….they are consistent doing the little things right.
….they are consistent in their leadership.
….they are consistent with their attitude.
….they are consistent ….they are consistent ….they are consistent ….they are CONSISTENT
Do you know how many players take plays off? Do you know how many players get lazy and forget assignments? Trust me, majority of players do that with everything and that’s why being consistent in everything will help you stand out. When you’re consistent you’ll get ahead of players who take days off. When you’re consistent, you’ll have more of a chance to show Coaches what you got.
Listen to me, being great is simple. Yes, it’s simple. Because 95% of players out there are focusing on the wrong crap. They are ONLY focusing on themselves scoring points, keeping their field goal percentage high, getting more minutes, and getting more shots. The great players focus on the SMALL things, consistently. They focus on making every cut perfect. They focus on taking practice time serious. They focus on staying in their stance even when the ball is swung. They focus on the little details in beating a press or zone. They focus on the footwork in a drill. They focus on how to communicate with their teammates. They focus on going shoulder to shoulder on the pick and roll. Why is being great is so simple? Because so many players miss out on the little things and the few that do what everyone else is doing but also take that SMALL extra step in focusing on the SMALL details and doing them CONSISTENTLY are given EVERYTHING.
They are the players that win. They are the players that excel. They are the players that are recognized.
If you are a player that is CONSISTENT and then also consistently doing the little things you’ll eventually get ahead of players more talented than you, and playing over you. You will stand out because so few players are consistent and even fewer are consistent and focus on the small things.
An average player has talent, can work hard, and can practice.
A good player has talent, works hard, is a leader, practices, is consistent sometimes, and might do the little things every now and again.
But if you want to be that player that can maximize your abilities, and go from good to great, you got to do these 2 things.
1. Become consistent
2. Focus on the small things.
Until next time,