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11 Phrases Successful Athletes Never Say On Game Day

by Stacie ~ August 25th, 2014.
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Short and sweet. Here are 11 phrases successful athletes never say one game day (and probably not on any other day either)…

11 phrases successful athletes never say one game day That's not my job. We would've won if you didn't _______. I hope the ball doesn't come to me. So I'm a few minutes late, no big deal. Why are you playing? Oh well, at least we tried (before the game is over). But my dad said... I hope we don't get our butts kicked today. Anyone want to take my spot? At least I did my job... We can't win with these umpires.
Successful athletes don’t look for something to blame. They look and their performance, think about how they can do better next time, and work on it.  They don’t stay focused on the “coulda, woulda, shouldas.”

No matter what, they want to do their best and help their team in any way they can, no matter what that may entail, no matter who is “supposed” to do it or not.

Successful athletes LOVE a challenge and WANT the ball. They WANT to be in situations where THEY can make a difference for their team. They look forward to it. They live for it!

Successful athletes also support their teammates and are a source of positivity and confidence others feed off of. They so often see the positive in any situation and, therefore, speak in more positive ways. The negative “what ifs” that  often pop into other athlete’s heads is not what they focus their thoughts on.

Doing their “own job” isn’t “good enough,” especially if their team is failing all around them. Great athletes look for ways to help EVERYONE do better, not just themselves. They help raise the level of play of their whole team whether they’re having a “good” day or a “bad” day.

What about you? Where do you focus your thoughts? Do you find yourself thinking one of the 11 thoughts listed above or are you more like the description of what a successful athlete is like?

If you want to get better, improve your game, and be a player people remember, move away from the list of 11 and more toward the description of successful athletes below that. Your mind is a powerful thing.  Don’t waste it on negativity.  It’s amazing how much your mindset affects your performance and your impact, good or bad, on the field.

 


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Twitter is not a recruiting nightmare, poor choices are

by Stacie ~ August 10th, 2014.
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Twitter is not a recruiting nightmare, bad choices are
I shared my thoughts on social media before. This topic came up again when I saw this headline in my Facebook Newsfeed…

Georgia coach Mark Richt dropped a recruit because of his tweets
Under that it said, “Twitter is a recruiting nightmare.”

I disagree. Twitter is just a tool, just a platform through which people can communicate. HOW YOU CHOOSE TO USE IT however, can cause problems for you if you make bad choices.

The bottom line is, YOUR choices affect opportunities you receive and ones you get taken away from you.

Don’t blame the tool.

This very same tool can HELP you in your recruiting process if you use it properly, wisely, and with integrity!

Online, offline doesn’t matter. It’s all REAL LIFE. What you say is what you say. What you do is what you do. It doesn’t matter where or when or who you think is watching, be responsible for your actions, your words, and your choices!

Don’t think what you post on the Internet can be safely hidden or deleted! 

Make sure you’re choices are solid from the get go, not something you’ll want to “delete” later.  If you don’t want people to find out about something you said or did, it’s better not to do it in the first place and most certainly don’t post it online no matter what you think your privacy settings are!

Colleges DO look at social media. It’s part of life in the 21st century.

Conduct yourself like a champion at all times.

When you get to college, even more so, you’re life will be under a microscope.  Is it any wonder college coaches want to see how you behave when you think no one will find out?

Practice now.

Making good choices in all areas of life is a good habit to develop, not only for college, but for well beyond that.


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Why you need to aim higher than “the best” on your team

by Stacie ~ July 29th, 2014.
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I shared this thought with my 14yo daughter the other night. I let her know I was happy she out works and out trains a lot of her teammates, BUT…

I encouraged her to not get complacent with that, to aim higher.

After all, in competition, the only people it matters to “outdo” are your opponents!

Out working your teammates is great, but you’re not fighting against them in competition.

I’m happy to say, she understood exactly what I was taking about :)

The same is true for performance. It’s awesome if you’re the best on your team or in your league or even in your conference or state. However, even if you’re the best in your state, there are 49 others out there who claim that same title!

What separates you from THEM?

Even after you become the best of the best, can you stay there?

How many athletes or teams do you know have one great year or maybe a couple of great years, then disappear?

Not that a moment of greatness isn’t enough, but if you’re looking to reach your FULL potential, you must realize that the hard work never ends, that the better you become, the more focused and driven you just be. There never comes a point where you’re so good, you can stop working and get the same results or better. No matter how great you get, you only get out of it what you put in. That effort is always your choice.

There’s nothing wrong with reaching a point where you’re ready to back down, just as Michael Phelps did for the 2012 Olympics. He wanted more of a life outside of swimming. He backed down on his training. He understood this decision may affect is medal winnings in the Olympics. It did. He won a couple Silver Medals instead of all Golds. He was okay with that. He understood that you only get out what you put in, and that he wanted more in other areas of life. He made a conscious choice and made “deposits of success” in other areas and accepted the impact that made on his swimming.

The same is true for you. It’s okay if you reach a point where you feel the need to adjust your priorities in softball, or in life, just realize it affects your results. Only you can decide what you really want out of your softball experiences and your life, no one else. That choice is always yours as well.

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