Someone, Somewhere Is Working Harder Than You

Athletes. How many times have you heard this? How many times have you heard this, rolled your eyes, and thought "Yeah, yeah I know." I know I have more times than I can count. It's a natural reaction when you hear something over, and over, and over again to not think about the message given.

It doesn't matter how good you are at something, there is always someone working harder than you. Whether it's in sports or life in general. You should NEVER get to the point where you're patting yourself on the back for how hard you work. You have every right to be proud of your dedication to something. Don't turn into the athlete that reminds everyone of their achievements. Basically, don't act like most of the current crop of NBA players.

When you have a coach tell you that someone, somewhere is working harder than you, don't think of it as lip service. Don't think of it as just another generic sports phrase. Really think about what they're saying. You go up to the gym in the off-season three days a week... 

Someone, somewhere is going five days.

You're a basketball player and really want to improve your free throw percentage. You commit yourself to shooting 100 free throws after every practice. It could be a grueling, 3 hour practice, filled with wind sprints or just a walk through. You are getting those shots up...

Someone, somewhere is shooting 200.

I had a coach in high school that put this point into perspective for me very clearly when I was a sophomore. We had just finished the season and were having our year-end meeting. There was a group of us sophomores that all split time between playing JV and dressing for the varsity. Six in total. He said this to all of us but it really struck a chord with me because of our situation. This was the message...

"You're not going to get better than someone during the middle of the season. We're all practicing everyday together. You'll get better as players, but you're not going to pass someone by only working during the season. If you guys don't pick up a basketball until next November, you'll be the exact same as you are right now by the time you hit mid-season form. If you aren't happy with your spot, you have to work when the guy ahead of you isn't. That's why playing in the spring, summer, and fall is so important. You can always work on something in this game no matter what you're doing."

I think that applies to most sports. What's the harm if the starting quarterback spends Sunday nights shooting free throws during football season? Or the basketball player that wants to improve their hitting in baseball finds a batting cage and hits a few buckets of balls once a week? 

The players that do that are the ones that you play against and say, "I don't get it, how is he/she so good and they play all the same sports as me?" Is some of it natural ability? Sure. But the reason they're so good at these sports is because they're always working on them. You're not going to be great at anything if multiple times throughout the year you take 3-4 months off from doing anything to get better at it. As I've said before, there's no invitation for hard work. 

Someone, somewhere is working harder than you!