The truth is that once players have built their momentum, it’s almost impossible to stop them. Their positive energy, confidence and motivation will make their execution become natural. That’s the moment when they are simply a pleasure to watch them compete. By that point, success is on their side and they become hard to stop. So how players can build their own momentum to succeed in their sports? Here are five basics and powerful guidelines to help you get started.
1. Make Smart Choices
Once you define your core values and your ultimate goals you can start making better choices towards achieving them. If your goal is to play at the collegiate or professional level, it won’t be easy but is not impossible either. You need to make a lot of smart choices and sacrifices down the road to fulfill your goals. Every single choice counts and it will have a direct or indirect impact on you. So whatever you decide to do, choose wisely.
2. Putting Your Choices To Work
You will need a positive behavior to make your choices work and get the best of them. So ask yourself: What am I doing today to succeed tomorrow? You can easily make a list with all the things you want to improve or accomplish. Simply develop your action plan and follow it. It can’t get any more basic than that.
3. Always Be Consistent
To be honest, in my opinion this is the hardest thing to do. This is where a lot of players fail due to their lack of consistency in their routines. The key to succeed here is to repeat your healthy actions until they become natural habits. This could take months of hard work but the rewards are remarkable and can last a lifetime when done persistently. If lifting weights, being in shape, shooting the ball or improving your technique are at the top of your priorities, then make that a habit just like getting dressed in the morning.
4. Build Clever Routines
Regardless of what sport you play, each player has his/her own routines. There will always be players who work harder, where others will work smarter, and so on. They main focus here is to build your own routine and rhythm into your daily disciplines based on your own objectives. This process will also help you later on in life to stay proactive and disciplined when working towards accomplishing your goals. We tend to become what we preach and practice so make sure you are on the right track.
5. Don’t Give Up
Giving up it’s the easy way out and unfortunately, it takes you nowhere. There will be difficult times coming throughout your journey and there will be days where you feel that all your hard work it’s just not paying off. At times you feel like you just want to take a break or even quit. Take this as a positive opportunity to help you strengthen yourself. This is also a great time to discover if you got what it takes to make it to the next level. You can’t go to a college on a full scholarship or sign a professional contract and then decide that you can’t do it because you are too far away from your family. That won’t be acceptable. You simply can’t let your talent and hard work get lost in the shadows of empty hopes.
Just think for a second about any of your favorite superstar athletes. When they compete and have a good day, there are no tactics, no coaches and no opponents that can stop them. Of course, if they get hurt or something of that nature then is different. When Michael Phelps won 8 remarkable gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing that was PURE MOMENTUM. Phelps just like all the other great athletes work hard towards building their own healthy habits, self-discipline, routines and consistency. We can’t forget about Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo breaking records over the past few years. Remember, the greater the challenge the more rigorous the routine needs to be in order to succeed.Feel free to share some of your routines that have helped you succeed on and off the field.