Have you ever watched tree branches sway back and forth as a storm approaches? I remember watching them as a kid and thinking, “Oh man, that tree is going to blow over!” And every time the tree was still there after the storm. Now, granted the most powerful and destructive storms can uproot trees, but most trees will survive the common storm. Do you have what it takes to survive the storms in your life?
We all have storms in our life. Most of the time you’re either coming out of one or getting ready to go into one. We will face storms in sports, relationships, and business. If facing storms is inevitable, how do we get through them?
When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind.
In order to survive the storms we must prepare for them. We have to build the base and grow our roots. Whether it’s basketball, baseball, or hockey, athletes and coaches must be mentally tough. In sports the mind is the deepest root. In fact, the mind is the deepest root for us all in all avenues of life. We must constantly feed the positive wolf in our heads in order to prepare for the dark days of the storm. What we feed the longest becomes the strongest. The U.S. Marines have a saying, “You don’t rise to the occasion, you fall back to the level of your training.” If we want to survive the storms of life and come out a winner, we must prepare our minds through continual learning, self-evaluation, and positive self-talk.
We must also realize it takes time to develop the root. It is said it takes the root of a bamboo tree five years to grow before the tree rises above ground. Many of the most successful sports teams and businesses need similar time to grow. Things just don’t happen overnight. There is no such thing as an overnight success. We must embrace and trust the learning process required to become great.
Lastly, we must have confidence. How can we expect someone else to believe in us if we don’t first believe in ourselves? Once we’ve gone through the growing process we must not waver. Trust what’s inside and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. We have what it takes. The biggest opponent we’ll face is the one we see in the mirror. Once we learn to conquer the self-doubts and insecurities, nothing can stop us. We will have high winds, but it’s the roots we’ve allowed to develop that will keep us upright. Have faith. And no matter what, keep fighting until your last breath.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
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