Doing what is required is rarely enough. After being cut time and time again by various NBA teams, Kevin Martin was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tired from being cut again and again, Martin vowed that he would do things differently in OKC and that nobody would outwork him. After making his commitment, he arrived to the facility on the first day of practice 3 hours early. As Martin walked out on the practice floor to get some extra work in before practice, he found Kevin Durant drenched in sweat while going through a workout.
As the school basketball season is beginning, many players slip into the mentality of doing only what is required. Players attend all of their teams practices, all of their teams games, but refuse to go the extra mile and train outside of their commitment to their school team. The best of the best are willing to go above and beyond what is required of them. The players at the top of the mountain did not fall there, but rather they worked hour after hour to get to where they are. Are you willing to do more than what is required?
We will be running numerous clinics and private training sessions all throughout the winter here at Spooky Nook. I would encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to elevate your game, even in the season. The clinics are a great way to learn how to “think the game” and develop your basketball skills within a group context that is focused solely on skill development. The private training sessions are a great way to dive in even deeper by focusing in on certain aspects of your game that need to be improved. Although very different from one another, both clinics and private training sessions are great ways to receive a high amount of game-like repetitions and constructive feedback that you will not get through the school basketball season.
As the season is beginning, evaluate yourself: are you truly putting in work, or are you simply going through the motions? You cannot achieve million dollar dreams with minimum wage work ethic. Are you working in proportion to your aspirations? If you do what everyone else is doing, you will go what everyone else is going. What are you doing to separate yourself from the rest of the pack?