Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. – T. Alan Armstrong
“You have enormous untapped power you’ll probably never tap, because most people never run far enough on their first wind to ever find they have a second.” – William James
Give 100 Percent
100% equals everything! When we are asking you to give 100 percent, we are asking you to give everything. We want it all! Do not save anything for later, do not relax, do not take a break to catch your breath, give us everything you’ve got from start until finish! Leave it all on the water.
It won’t be easy. Giving 100 percent isn’t for the faint-of-heart. It takes a lot of heart, passion, determination, drive, energy, and willpower.
It’s going to hurt! There is going to be pain, sweat, and adversity. You are going to doubt yourself before you get there. You will wonder if you can do it, and you will try to talk yourself out of giving it all. You are going to see “easy ways out.” All along the way you will be presented with ways to give less of yourself.
You will find yourself reaching for that “easy button.” Press it and you instantly travel the easy road. That’s fine if the “easy button” gets you the results you desire. However, in sporting competition, the “easy button” isn’t going to get you where you want to be. Giving 100 percent, working hard, being smart, and seizing the moment- that’s what will get you the results you
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The best athletes, the most successful athletes are those who mentally block out pain, fatigue, doubt, and despair. Super
athletes focus on pushing beyond their limits, drawing energy from untapped reserves, hope, success, and reaching the finish line!
Be the best athlete you can be and give us 100 percent tonight!
I know that most of the time you guys spend your days living and thinking about what’s here and now. You might dream about the future, but you don’t spend too much time analyzing what your future will be like. Let me take you on a short trip into your future…
In the next couple of years (or later) some of you will be at your new jobs, some will be off in graduate school, and some may still be trying to find your way in life. No matter where you are at, at some point in the future you will run into someone who is here at today’s race, whether it is a fan, a teammate, or even a member of the other team. No matter who it is, you will share a moment in the future with someone and they will bring up today’s race.
The question is: What causes them to bring up today’s race? What did you do today to cause them to remember this race? What memory did you create today that lasted thru years of time in this person’s mind? Was it the race winning time? Was it a blistering sprint to the finish? Was it a well excuted race plan? Was it a record setting feat? Think about it! What will you do today that will cause someone in your future to remember????
The time has come to go out there and make some great memories for yourself and for your team! Let’s Go!!
Take Care of the Little Things
“Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.” “Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.” Most of you have heard that phrase before, right?!?! Did you ever stop to think about what it really means? What are the little things? What are the big things? And, how do the big things take care of themselves?
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As an athlete you need to focus on the “little things”, the aspects of your game that you directly control. You have control over how you execute your offense and defense. You have control over your hustle, your speed, your drive and your effort. You have control as you are positioning your body against your opponent. You have control over your attitude, your spirit, your passion, and your good sportsmanship.
The bigger things are not in your direct control. Don’t concern yourself with the referees (or officials), or the way the other team is performing. You can’t control the crowd, the coaches, or your teammates. Don’t focus on these aspects. The bigger things will take care of themselves.
If you focus on the bigger things- the score, the calls, or the opponent, then your individual effort will suffer. Blocks will be missed, rebounds will be lost, turn-overs will happen. Keep your mind and body focused on only the items that you can control and that you need to perform.