In most things in life—be it family, school, or career, etc.—people try to improve some of their personal aspects to become better versions of themselves. The same goes for being an athlete. If you consider yourself one, you should strive to work on certain aspects of yourself to become better.
1. Physical Aspect
The right physique and natural skills will only take you so far in sports. You need to constantly work to keep your body in tip-top shape and to develop your skills further. Hit the gym to lift weights and develop the muscles you primarily need for your sport. As for your skills, practice, practice, practice. If you’re a pitcher, for example, work on your fastballs, curveballs, and sinkers, and use a baseball radar gun to track your pitch speed.
2. Mental Aspect
You could be the most hardworking athlete and have the greatest of skills, but these would all be for naught if you always crumble on the big stage. You’ve got to be self-confident, focused, motivated, resourceful, resilient, consistent, and in control. In short, you should be mentally tough. Yes, this is easier said than done, and every athlete has a different way of achieving this, so you need to know how to get the mindset that’ll help you perform at your best every game.
3. Interpersonal Aspect
Whether you’re playing a team sport or not, you’ll need other people to help you become a better athlete. Respect your coach, mentor, and your teammates, and be open to their advice and feedback—both positive and negative. You should also consider the team’s needs first before your own. For instance, if the good defense is what your basketball team needs from you, be ready to sacrifice your offensive stats to put your team in a great position to succeed.
Just like in life, you need to improve certain personal aspects to help yourself become the best athlete you can be.