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Athletics-Recipe For Success

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For every young person who comes to realize his dreams of becoming perhaps a famous quarterback like Tom Brady or a tremendous tennis player like Serena Williams, there are thousands upon thousands of others whose dream did not materialize in the same way. It requires a combination of various factors, attributes, abilities and circumstances (and often a good deal of luck) for one to arrive at the pinnacle of their desires. That starting point however, which is the dream itself, is vital. There must be a star to aim for if one wishes to ascend to great heights. That burning desire will be the fuel for the enormous efforts that will be required all along the path leading to ones desired goal.

For this reason it is wonderful to see so many youth athletic programs that are made available to young people. These opportunities become the vehicle for the exploring, learning and growth that are part of the process of determining what one is best suited for and then becoming proficient at, whether sports or almost anything else one can think of.

It is common to attend a youth sporting event and witness one or two who are obviously naturally gifted and already somewhat accomplished in the skills required for their sport or activity. It is also common to see a few who appear to have almost no natural athletic abilities which is often accompanied by apparent disinterest on the part of the participant. The rest of the group typically lies somewhere in the middle ground between the two extremes. They may not be the fastest or the most accurate, but they are desirous of competing and giving it their best. They may not be consumed with love for the game, but they are having fun.

The same scenario is played out on stages throughout life. whether it be in academics, business, home-making, arts and certainly in sports.

There is no secret formula that when followed will guarantee success. There is, however, a recipe that will give one the best chance possible. First, the all-important dream or desire. Finding the “thing” that you ache to do or want so badly to achieve is the first crucial step on the road to success. Then, the work begins which usually involves learning, practicing, trial and error and lots of effort. Typically, if you have no talent or aptitude for that which you are pursuing, you will lose interest rather quickly. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it can provide the impetus for finding something else that you are interested in.

You must find some satisfaction in your efforts because it is the small successes, achievement and improvements that feed the desire to persevere.

There is no substitute for sheer will and determination. They are critical to success in sports and in life. I would go so far as to say that they are at least as important, if not more so than talent. For this reason it is imperative to zero in on that which you are passionate enough about to sustain you through the failures and disappointments that are inherent with the growth process and to keep you “plugging away.”

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in basketball backboards and punching dummies.