This week’s tip is from former college coach, Bob Knight. In 42 seasons as a head coach at three different schools, Knight won 902 games and 3 National Championships.
I heard many coaches say basketball players are made in the summer. Spending time in the gym, working on your game, doing drills, taking thousands of shots, playing pickup games are all prerequisites to prepare for success come fall & winter.
Summertime in Montana, where I live now, is gorgeous. There is no place I’d rather be than outdoors in the mountains camping, fishing, hiking. Growing up in New Jersey there was no place I’d rather be than in a gym. I loved the summertime work. While buddies went to the beach or lake, I went to the YMCA.
Let me employ a Montana themed analogy to explain Knight’s quote. If I go hiking in the mountains and encounter a bear or mountain lion I’ll fight for my life. Like anyone else in that moment I will have the will to live. But if before I go hiking I remember to bring bear spray and my dogs and make noise while hiking, I will stand a much better chance of surviving the bear or lion encounter than simply relying on my will to live. I might even avoid them all together.
Get out and enjoy summer. You don’t need to be stuck in a gym the ENTIRE time. But, if you are a football, basketball player, or any other fall & winter athlete with serious goals, you have to prepare now. If your “will to win” is really that strong it will manifest itself in a “will to prepare.”
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23
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