Top 10 Series: Part 10 | Choose Faith Over Fear

10 – CHOOSE FAITH OVER FEAR Depending on your sport, there are some downright scary things you’ll be expected to do. Get crushed by a lineman in practice? Batter up to a 96mph fastball? Have a hockey puck hurled at you? Tumble on a 4″ beam? (Or do anything in gymnastics!) None of those things…

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Top 10 Series: Part 9 | Invest in Yourself

9 – INVEST IN YOURSELF  Let’s face it — if you can’t figure yourself out, what good are you to help other people? In times like these, it’s easy to lose focus and let your self-care take a backseat. But you need to be even more proactive about it now. And since we’re being really…

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Top 10 Series: Part 8 | How To Make Decisions

8 – HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS Listening to your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself in sports. It literally tells you what to do. Feeling tight? Go stretch. Feeling tweaks in your muscles? Hit up the trainers and back off a bit. Have a dry mouth? You’re way past…

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Top 10 Series: Part 7 | Move Your Body

7 – MOVE YOUR BODY As an athlete, this seems like a no brainer, right?! You should be moving your body every day. Not crazy workouts every day, but some sort of movement. Your body is a finely tuned machine and needs to be taken care of. As a Spring sport, I remember when summer…

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Top 10 Series: Part 6 | Failure Leads to Success

6 – FAILURE LEADS TO SUCCESS Failure is literally what got you to where you are. You failed over and over and over. You know you’d never win a championship overnight. You had to put in the work. And trying new things to continually get better means you’re constantly failing. You might not have ever…

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Top 10 Series: Part 5 | The Ability to Adapt

5 | THE ABILITY TO ADAPT Let’s face it — things don’t always go the way you plan, and unfortunately, you’re living through that right now. But throughout your sports career, you’ve learned how to deal with loss, frustration, coaching changes, injuries, and unexpected situations year-in and year-out. Maybe you almost qualified for semi-finals but…

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Top 10 Series: Part 4 | Consistency is Key

4 | CONSISTENCY IS KEY You’ve heard it a million times, and by now, you know it’s more than true. Success doesn’t come from what you do every once in a while, it comes from what you do consistently. You won’t always see the results day-in and day-out, but you will over time and sometimes…

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Top 10 Series: Part 3 | Challenge Yourself

3 | CHALLENGE YOURSELF You’re not afraid of hard work. If you were, you wouldn’t be a college athlete. Sports are all about challenging yourself. Becoming a better version of yourself than the day or year before. You’ve done it most of your life. Your goal was always to win the game and ultimately win…

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Top 10 Series: Part 2 | Perspective is Everything

2 | PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING Henry Ford once said that “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” This quote applies to not only the way you look at and think about things but also the actions you take because of your thoughts and perspectives. It’s incredible how much your actions mimic your…

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Top 10 Series: Part 1 | Control What You Can

1 | CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN This is probably my favorite foundational lesson that came from my college coach. She always emphasized controlling what you can. Being an indoor and outdoor sport, we had our fair share of weather to battle, whether it was rain, sleet, wind, or high altitude — even hosting championships in…

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