Get Motivated! ... Daily in 2021

December 3 
Durability is part of what makes a great athlete!
- Bill Russell 
Not everyone can be as quick and agile, as powerful, as steady, or as versatile as a professional athlete. Most of us, in fact, don't even come close. However, most of us can become and continue to be good, reliable athletes regardless of our particular skill level. For most of us, durability means maintaining our strength, reliability, and taking care of ourselves so we can be active and healthy for a long time. There's no need to get out there and kill ourselves every time we compete, or overdo every workout until it hurts. Consistency in practice will mean consistency , and longevity in performance.
The smarter we are in pacing ourselves and in appropriately setting our challenges, the more durable athletes we will become!

December 2 
You can't win 'em all!
- Joe Louis 
No matter how accomplished we are, how much we practice, or how well we're coached, there will come a time, or two, or three, when we will be done in by an opponent who is just that much more accomplished, more practiced or better coached. No amount of training ever really prepares us for a loss, especially one that is extremely tough or unexpected. And it often takes all our energy to handle it in the gracious manner that is appropriate. We don't have to like losing, but we do have to deal with it on occasion, so it's best to be prepared to cope with any possible outcome so as not to be ashamed of our behavior later. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, so I should always be ready to handle either situation with grace and aplomb!

December 1 
Do it right or don't do it at all! - Boris Becker 
It is very difficult to live with expectations, whether we have created them for ourselves or they are placed on us by others. High expectations can be debilitating and can end up making us play worse or give up entirely because of pressure. However, when used in a positive way, expectations should motivate us, not discourage us. Setting goals is important but they need to be realistic. If our expectations are too high, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Perfection is very rare. We need to reassess impossibly high standards if we are too afraid of achieving them. I will be sure my expectations motivate me, not discourage me!


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