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Football. Basketball. Baseball. Hockey. Soccer. The list of competitive sports goes on and on. Where do you fall on this list? It really doesn’t matter the competition. What matters is continually striving to be the best athlete you can be in your chosen sport. How do you do that?

It’s easier to keep your “stride” when your team is winning and the folks in the stands are cheering you onto victory. But…how do you bounce back after a game losing play? After a missed tackle resulting in 6 points for your opponent? After experiencing a gridiron loss of 48-0? Do you step back, doubt yourself and play with indecision – or do you drive through, persevere and boldly play your position?

Take in this quote from a beloved champion and superstar…

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times, I was trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed!

Chicago Bulls star, Michael Jordan #23, said that. How do you think he felt after missing that kind of shot? Did he cower? No – he responded with laser-like drive and perseverance. Even though basketball is played indoors on a court – YOU, as a football athlete, can apply these “Traits of a Champion” to your individual play. Be focused and learn to persevere and drive through the difficulties on the field. Don’t dwell on past plays. Learn from them, conquer fear and move forward with boldness just like a true champion does.

Play BIG!

Jana Petersen