I was once told that the key to any successful relationship is the person's ability to have sacrafice and compromise for the things they want, so that their partner can be happy. As I have grown older I've seen that this information was true in more than just relationships, it is also true with sports! Any successful athlete must make certain sacrafices and comprises that their peers that aren't chasing the same goals simply don't have to do. For most high school and collegiate athlete this means choosing to go to bed to get all your rest while your friends are up late nights talking on the phone and watching Jersey Shore, this means saying no to certain parties and not putting yourself in compromising situations that don't reflect well on your character to potential recruiters or NFL/NBA/MLB/MLS scouts. Another example is simply nutrition, if you know you need to gain muscle before the next season or lose a few pounds in the next few months to optimize your performance, then your nutrition should reflect that! This means no McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and more home cooked meals and planning, if that means watching your boy's or girl's feed their face with junk while you wait to eat at home, then so what.
Take 6 minutes and watch, how bad do YOU WANT IT?
Decisions you make today, reflect who you will be tomorrow. At times you may have to sacrafice being the cool kid at the party or the immediate joy of a crunchy taco for some long term success. If the choices you make each day, make you a better athlete and give you a step on the opponent or even a teammate of your's then the day was a success. If your actions and choices aren't making you better, then how bad do you really want to be? Sometimes it is hard to keep the large goals in perspective, but I guarantee if you look back from a post college career and realize how valuable a free collegiate education really is, you'll not only be willing but you'll jump at every chance you can get to make a sacrifice and compromise for the ultimate goal. What are you doing to set yourself a part from the rest of the ballers who are competing for the same scholarship or even just a chance to play, that you are? GET BETTER!
Speed kills! Slow kids don't get scholarships.