What’s one thing that all great players and coaches have in common? I’ll give you a hint; it’s not tremendous athletic ability or a pretty jumper. The one thing all great and successful people have in common; sport related or non sport related is a positive, winning mindset. Here is a poem I found in my basketball library that really drives home that point…
If you think you can — You Can!
If you think you dare not — You don’t.
If you think you can’t, but can — it’s almost a cinch you won’t.
For out in this world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellows’ will,
It’s all in the state of Mind.
For many a race is lost, –
Before ever a step is run,
And many a coward falls,
Before his work’s begun.
Think big and your deeds will grow,
Think small and you’ll fall behind.
Think you can and you will –
It’s all in your state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to learn to be sure of yourself
Before you can ever win a prize.
Life’s victories don’t always go to the
Stronger, faster, or smarter man.
But sooner or later the fellow who wins,
Is the fellow who thinks he can.