The truth in competitive athletics is…
IF you are given an opportunity from your coach, it’s your first one, on day one. But even that one you earn by showing up. If you don’t show up, you don’t get that chance.
Show up and you get one chance. One shot that’s yours to blow or utilize to earn more chances.
What happens after that depends on what you do with that one chance. Do you burn through it? Or do you create more opportunities for yourself?
How do you earn opportunities?
Simple. Some athletes earn opportunities with good attitude. Some earn opportunities with their effort, others with their skill. Particularly blessed and/or fiercely determined athletes rack up opportunities in all three areas. Yet some, both highly skilled and less skilled, don’t seem to grasp the “earning” and “creating” part and do nothing but burn through opportunities.
What kind of athlete, what kind of human being are you? The choice is yours.