If you have ever had a bad practice, game, or just a bad day, then you are in need to keep reading. Most of the time, when you have a bad day it is because you let everything around you get to you and you lose focus on the task at hand. There is something else going on around you that is distracting you and pulling your focus, even if it is subconscious. Has that ever happened to you? Well, you are not the only one. It happens to everyone. Especially athletes. The good news is there are 3 ways to keep those bad days to a minimum and to keep you enjoying your sport and your college experience.
- Have a vision
Proverbs 29:18 says,
“Without vision the people perish.”
If you do not have a vision, you will never be able to succeed. We play our sport throughout elementary school, then middle school, then high school, college and a lot of us are looking to make a career out of it. For the majority of our life we define ourselves as athletes. But what is the vision behind that? Why are you playing the sport you do? What do you want to achieve by playing your sport in college?
Come up with your vision for the experience you want to have as a student athlete in college. Write it down and don’t forget about it.
- Fight for your dream
Corinthians 9:24-27 says,
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do i
t to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Strike a blow to your body and make it your slave. Run the race with everything you’ve got. Remember that vision and don’t quit. Fight hard for it. No matter what has happened throughout the day or what assignment you have due tomorrow, when you step on that court/field/track you have to mentally make your body a slave to yourself and fight for what you believe in.
3. Consider it Joy
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because
you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
With a simple change of perspective everything is different. If you consider everything a joy, you will greatly decrease your number of bad days. With this simple change, considering the trials a joy, everything you do becomes better. You are happier and your body will respond better if something bad does happy. But, the best part is that you are being stronger and it will make your time in the match or game worth so much more because nothing with be able to get you down. You will rise up and become victorious.
I hope you have been inspired to change your perspective so your bad days get less and less. Remember to have a vision, fight for your dreams, and consider it joy!