For Every Athlete: Having the Right Attitude Toward Your Weaknesses

Woman runningGreat skills and great physique will only get you so far as an athlete. Equally important in helping you become a good athlete is your attitude, especially toward your shortcomings.

Be objective.

It’s only when you can objectively assess yourself that you’ll learn of not only your strengths but also your weaknesses. You shouldn’t let yourself get fixated on just your strengths, however. Instead, put more effort into improving your weaknesses.

If you’re a baseball pitcher, for example, and know for a fact that you throw great curveballs but struggle with fastballs, spend more time practicing your fastball and use a Stalker radar gun, which you can purchase from online stores like Radar Sports, LLC, to track and develop your pitch speed better.

Be open.

Sometimes it takes other people to let you know how you’re performing. Your coaches and teammates will often give you positive and negative feedback. Graciously accept the good comments and take the bad ones in stride. Remember that these people only want what’s best for you and, ultimately, the team.

If your basketball coach, for example, tells you that you don’t make enough three-point shots, get over yourself and work on it, so you’ll be in a better position to help yourself and the team.

Be resourceful.

If after working on your weaknesses you still don’t see any marked improvement, don’t worry. For sure, there are still other ways to improve your play. Review game videos or talk to your coach and teammates and find out how else you can contribute.

Maybe it’s by pitching more curveballs or rebounding the basketball more. Whatever it is, the important thing is you exhaust all resources available to you to become a better player and teammate.

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While skills and body type are essential to become a good athlete, it’s your attitude toward your limitations that can help you become a great one.