Here is what I’ve been reading and seeing lately when witnessing athletes who are consistently getting more playing time.
They often exhibit a combination of physical skills, mental attributes, and work habits that set them apart from their peers.
Here are three things they typically do: Spoiler Alert – mental strength is one of them!!
1. **Consistent Skill Development:**
Practice: They dedicate a significant amount of time to practice, honing their technical skills and improving their physical abilities.
This includes regular team practices, individual workouts, and skill-specific drills. Go the extra mile.
Skill Mastery: They focus on mastering the fundamental skills and techniques relevant to their sport, whether it’s shooting in basketball, ball control in soccer, or tackling in football. They continuously refine these skills to become more proficient.
2. **Mental Toughness and Preparation:**
Mental Resilience: Athletes who consistently get more playing time often exhibit mental toughness. They stay composed under pressure, bounce back from setbacks, and maintain a positive mindset.
Game Understanding: They have a deep understanding of the game, including tactics, strategies, and situational awareness. This allows them to make quick, intelligent decisions on the field or court.
Preparation: They study opponents, game plans, and their own performance. This helps them anticipate plays, exploit weaknesses, and adapt to changing situations during competition.
3. **Teamwork and Coachability:**
Team-First Attitude: Athletes who get more playing time prioritize the success of the team over personal glory. They are willing to pass the ball, play defense, and do the little things that contribute to team success.
Coachability: They are receptive to coaching feedback and are always looking for ways to improve. They listen to their coaches, apply what they learn, and adapt their game accordingly.
Positive Influence: They set a positive example for their teammates through their work ethic, attitude, and commitment. They inspire and motivate others to perform at their best.
Factors such as natural talent, physical attributes, and competition within the team can also influence playing time.
However, the consistent development of skills, mental toughness, and teamwork are key components of success in most sports.
There comes a point where physical abilities max out. Not only for yourself but for your competition as well.
The difference between an athlete’s best and worst performance can more often than not be boiled down to their mental training.
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