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If you don't dream about it, nothing ever happens. My nephew started his first full time job a month ago and is already planning (dreaming) on how to make his money work for him. In sports it is no different, if you don't have a dream or plan, nothing good will likely happen. 

What are your dreams? How do you plan to attain them? Is it something you think about daily, or just every now and then?

Successful people (and athletes) have a dream. They incorporate that dream into their every day activities and schedule. A dream is nothing more than a goal that you are trying to achieve.

Take time to envision where you are and where you want to be 6 months or a year from now. Put a plan in action that gives you the opportunity of achieving your dreams. Falling short doesn't mean failure, but having no plan or dream to achieve your goals will leave you falling short of your own potential!

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Does the New Year bring a fresh start for you and your training regimen? If you are currently playing a sport, it probably doesn't because you are in the middle of a season, and that's fine. However, if you are thinking ahead to a spring sport or next fall, now is the time to set yourself and your training in motion.

My question to you is "What are you going to do today in order to beat your competition tomorrow?" Tomorrow may be two to six months away, but it's never to early to put a plan into motion.

What are you willing to do in order to separate yourself from others? If you just go through the normal training that teammates and opposing schools are doing, you probably won't make the necessary improvements that will make the difference you are looking for.

Find a way to do the extra things that will give you an advantage over those that you are competing against. If you don't spend the extra time and give the extra effort, I assure you that some of your competition will. Don't lose your spot on a team by allowing someone to out work you!

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Most high school student-athletes play sports for the fun of the game and the fellowship with teammates and coaches. Some hope to continue to compete at the college level, and very few have the opportunity to move on after college and play in the pros.

A statistic I recently heard during a college football game shows how hard it is to make it to the professional level in football. Only 9 out of every 10,000 high school football players get drafted by an NFL team. Less than that actually have an opportunity of making it on a roster.

Regardless of what high school sport you play, making it to a college team is a challenge and then making it to the pros is highly unlikely. That's why playing high school sports for the pleasure of participating, competing and having fun should be your top priority. Anything after high school participation should be considered a great achievement!

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Is there ever a good time for an athlete to reinvent himself/herself? It usually happens when you are unhappy with your long term performance or see very little opportunity for improvement in doing things the same way.

Most athletes become somewhat complacent sometime during their career (or season) and reinventing yourself could rejuvenate your outlook and efforts if things aren't going like you wish.

My suggestion would be to make very few changes, if any, if you are in season. The proper time for a major overhaul would be in the off-season when you will have plenty of time to fine tune your changes before you put them to use.

You will never reach your full potential unless you put the time and effort into becoming your best, regardless of the path you decide to take! 

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While watching college football games this past weekend, there were a number of hard hits that resulted in injury. While none of those hits were meant to cause serious harm, a few resulted in players leaving the game or costing them the rest of the season. 

What impressed me, however, was the sportsmanship and concern for the opponent after those plays took place. Players from both sides were visibly shaken when they realized that there could be a serious injury.

What would your reaction be if you were involved in a situation like that? Would you show compassion and concern for your opponent? 

Injuries are a part of the game. Regardless of the sport they are going to happen. How you react will show others a lot about your character and sportsmanship!

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Regardless of how skilled an individual player becomes in a team sport, there is no one player that becomes more important than the team itself. In other words, the really good player and the team need to mesh in order to reach their full potential.

Do the good players on your team make the effort to fit in and be leaders, or are they more concerned about themselves? 

If you find yourself being one of the top players on your team, be cognizant of the others around you. Don't showboat, don't brag, instead work harder than any one on your team, and always encourage your teammates. 

How you engage with your teammates and coaches will make all of the difference in the success of your team!

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