In my last entry, I emphasized the importance of holding yourself to a higher standard. As an athlete, that means giving 100 percent whenever you practice or train. It’s not enough to work hard while competing. You must work just as hard at preparing. Or as an old coach of mine used to say, you can’t half-ass your way to the top. Instead, you must practice and train just as hard as you play.
Getting your athletes to give 100 percent is imperative to building a winning culture. Few will argue against such an approach. It’s only logical that athletes should be fully dedicated to practicing and improving. Unfortunately, success often has a funny way of skewing logic.