One way to separate yourself from your competitors is to do the things they refuse to do.
Make sacrifices such as going to sleep early and waking-up early so you can get a jump on the rest of the competition. Those are two things that most people don’t want to do. Who wants to go to sleep early?
Most people don’t even discipline themselves to go to sleep at a specific time every day. Just by doing something as simple as that you can develop your mental toughness and discipline.
If you go to sleep early, you will wake-up early. Waking up early will give you more time to work on your game and study the game of basketball.
Avoid junk food and stay away from anything that doesn’t contribute to your progression as a basketball player (drugs, alcohol, excessive partying, negative people).
Some athletes think because they’re always active, that eating junk food won’t affect them. In some cases that may be true, but if you want to get a slight edge over your competition I recommend you cut junk food out of your diet.
Make an effort to eat vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, milk etc…
Eating healthy will give you more energy and make you feel better. Cut out junk food and replace it with fruits for the next 7 days, and I bet you will notice a big difference in the way you feel physically and mentally.
Increase your knowledge and understanding of basketball by reading relevant books and watching documentaries.
Read biographies of successful athletes and watch their documentaries on YouTube. You can learn a lot from the experiences of basketball players who have achieved the goals you may have set for yourself.
Model Successful Athletes
If you live life with the same principles and disciplines of the top basketball players in the world, you will be able to guarantee your own success as a basketball player.
So, find out what the great basketball players are doing and then go ahead and do it.
It’s not just about training yourself physically; what separates the good from the great is mindset and discipline.
Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan were known for having ridiculous work ethic and relentless drive.
So, if I were you I would adopt the discipline of working hard and staying motivated. If Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan practiced every day, then you should be doing it too.
Adopting the mindset of the greats will certainly elevate your game above the competition.
Don’t Live In Fear
Dealing with your fears on the basketball court and in your daily life will boost your self-confidence, and self-control.
When you deal with your biggest fears in life, you will use that experience to help you overcome future obstacles and seize opportunities when presented.
Don’t let emotions and feelings hold you back from reaching your full potential.
Fear will hold you back unless you learn to fight it and use it against your competition instead of being used by it.