The Journey- Finding Motivation Within Yourself

   “Never stop just because you feel defeated. The journey to the other side is only attainable after great suffering.”                                                                                                                               –Santosh Kalwar.

            Although this quote was not meant for the aspiring college athlete it has inspired at least one to work hard and sacrifice in order to achieve their goals. How many times has a young girl or boy in elementary or middle school stood up in class and professed their belief that they will be a professional athlete? In most cases the problem isn’t the person’s ability to complete the journey but rather their unwillingness to put in the work. This dawned on me early as I found to achieve my goal of becoming a collegiate athlete I needed to train harder and sacrifice time, sweat, and the convenience of free time.

The start of any journey must begin with you believing in yourself in order to achieve your goals. While the support of people around you can be very helpful there is no greater form of motivation than the intrinsic motivation you can find within yourself. The beginning will be the true challenge because just like standing in front of a buffet, your eyes are always bigger than your stomach. That is why all of your goals should be SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. Now far be it for anyone to step on your dreams if you see yourself in the next upcoming Olympics, however you must be willing to put in the time and effort in order to make it happen.

Although my story does not compare to the Olympians of today who were born to represent their country in their given sport, it still shows a journey and the sacrifices that I had to make in order to achieve my goals. All through high school I had it ingrained in my head that I was going to play at the next level. There was no other option and I knew what had to happen in order to make it a reality. This meant sacrificing sleep to go to 5 am practices. Pushing myself to physical and mental exhaustion to be better than my opponent but more importantly, being better than the person I was the day before. There are plenty of kids out there with talent that far exceeded my own, but there was no one else who had a greater drive or work ethic and I showed in my training. I might have not been the most technical ball handler but I was always one of the fastest and most conditioned. Life is full of choices that can either lead you to achieve your goals or hinder you. Just make sure you can live tomorrow with the decisions you make today.


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