Every Athlete’s Worst Enemy
By Aaron Sorenson on March 14, 2017

Some athletes think they aren’t fast enough to play in college.

Or not strong enough, not tall enough. Not smart enough. Their conditioning isn’t good enough, or their test scores, or they haven’t heard from enough coaches.

These are the most common reasons athletes think they can’t play.

But you know what all those things have in common?

They are external problems. Every serious athlete knows how to take on a challenge like that: hard work. You can drown obstacles in your sweat.

What’s the most crippling problem an athlete can have when it comes to recruiting?

Pride

It’s pride that says, “I don’t need to reach out to coaches, I worked hard – they should come to me.” It’s pride that says, “I’ll play in college even if I don’t do anything.” It’s pride that says, “Division I or nothing.” It’s pride that keeps talented athletes from playing in college.

Pride comes from within, and the only way you can overcome it is to let it go.

It takes courage to be humble

Michael Jordan and Tom Brady got cut from their high school varsity teams – how do you think they felt showing up at JV practice the next day?

How do you think Jordyn Wieber felt showing up to compete the next day alongside her teammates who beat her out for the individual all-around?

Not great.

But they swallowed their pride and kept working. And became champions.

And if those athletes can shrug off their pride and get down to business, so can you.

Playing sports in college is the opportunity of a lifetime and you won’t have a second chance to live your dream. Don’t let recruiting roadblocks hold you back. Do your homework and take the necessary steps to executing a successful recruiting game plan. Get started with the help of recruiting experts by clicking here to create your free recruiting profile. Talk to a Scout, get a free evaluation, and build your recruiting game plan early.


Article originally published by NCSA Sports

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