Think about the most fun you’ve ever had playing basketball. Your whole team was probably competing really hard, and it was probably an important game.
about the least amount of fun you’ve ever had in a game. Likely, it was a
low-stakes game, so there was a lack of energy and a lot of going through the
Whether you’re aware of it or not, what really fulfills us and brings us joy is competing with maximum effort, especially under pressure.
leave practice or a game, knowing you gave it everything you had, you get a
satisfying feeling. However, when you leave knowing you had more to give,
there’s an unsatisfying feeling that follows you around. When the stakes are
high, and you’re still able to give great effort, it’s even more satisfying.
High pressure games have the potential to be extremely fun and fulfilling, but it starts with your perspective. This does not mean it’s going to be easy. Expect challenges. It’s district, it’s going to be tough and you’re going to have to fight to win. But, instead of having the attitude of, “I hope we’re good enough” which shows a lack of confidence and a fear of failure, choose the attitude of, “Let’s see how good we can be!” which shows the excitement you get from the confidence you have when you love the opportunity to compete.
focused on having fun and your love of the game, you play free of pressure and
distractions. You get to choose what you focus on. You can focus on the risk or
Focus on the great opportunity you have to play in these games and to compete, regardless of what happens during the game (good or bad) or what the score is. The day will come, sooner than you may realize, when you won’t have these kinds of opportunities anymore. Don’t waste them. Make the most of every minute and always compete.