What A 13 Year Old 'Elite' Athlete Taught Me

I want to introduce you to a particular type of young athlete. This type of player is found on nearly every small town team. Most minor/amateur sporting associations have at least one in their midst.

This is the young athlete who wants to make it BIG.

Now we all know the statistics that very, very few actually ever make it to an Olympic or professional tryout, and that’s OK. The key here is the desire and the commitment to go after lofty goals.

Ad astra per aspera

"Through hardships to the stars”

Children have dreams, big dreams…. these dreams should be encouraged. Dedicated children are willing to sacrifice a lot to achieve their goals.

These kids live their sport, they want to make the ‘big leagues’. Will they all go onto play in front of thousands?


Will some play at that level?

Sure, and many more will even get offers for a NCAA/USports scholarship.

These players give up friends & extra-curricular activities to practice. When their school friends are planning sleepovers or playing X-box; they instead are practicing their wrist shot or triple jump. When their friends are texting each other discussing the latest episode of Markiplier on Youtube; these player/athletes are already at practice warming up with dry land training. When the average student is getting out of bed in the morning, these 13 yr. old players have already been up for an hour, finished their daily push-ups, sit-ups & lunges… had a shower, a protein shake, and are just about to have breakfast.

You know one of these players don’t you? Dedicated young athletes are willing to give up and sacrifice so much to develop in their chosen sport.

Why this type of player is important to you… This young player will likely succeed. He or she will go further in sport than the average player.

He or she will succeed because they will practice more to develop their skill, they will not allow themselves to be distracted by the mundane ‘fads’ for their age bracket. They practice more, can handle being corrected and can be coached to win.

We can all take a life lesson from these young players. As we encourage and gently push our children for athletic excellence we should take time to step back and critique our own work ethic.

• Are we in as good physical condition as our children?

• Do we waste valuable time playing games on our phone?

• Could our time be put to better use?

• Do we practice our craft for excellence or do we just go through the motions at work?

• How do WE handle corrections & constructive criticism?

• Are we TEAM players – going for the overall goals instead of selfish ones?

• Do we sit and daydream when we could be working on perfection?

• Do we put 100% effort into everything we are working on?

Just a little food for reflective thought…



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