Your comfort zone is your enemy.
Your comfort zone makes you soft.
Your comfort zone makes you complacent.
If you want to maximize your ability, on and off the court, you must learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
You have to consistently (and intentionally) step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.
You must embrace obstacles and challenges.
The player who can push themselves further in moments of discomfort is the one who will win.
You need to train so hard that the game becomes easy!
Temporary discomfort leads to permanent improvement. If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone now… you will reap the benefits ten times over in the future.
When you are lifting weights, do you stop as soon as there is a slight burn… or do you push through and do a few more reps?
When you are running sprints, do you stop as soon as you are a little winded… or do you suck it up and run a few more?
When you are working on your ball handling, do you work on your weak hand even though you make more mistakes? Or do you just do the drills you are already good at?
When you are getting up shots, are you a casual shooter or do you shoot game shots, from game spots, at game speed? Do you make hard cuts and work on a quick release… or do you simply do spot shooting?
The answers to these questions will determine how successful you will be next season. Why? Because you can have the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret, take your pick.
“Champions do not become champions on the court. They become recognized on the court. They become champions because of their daily routine and commitment to excellence. Players do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.”
To deserve success next season, you have to make it a habit to leave your comfort zone now.
Make this off-season count.
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These nuggets are a compilation of resources from several gifted basketball minds. I am not the author of this material; I am simply paying it forward. I hope you will do the same.