This is the last and final Grievance! If you missed parts 1-3, see below!
Grievance #4 – The Drive of My Teammate is Not There
Uncontrollables: Your teammates’ drive; Your teammates’ attitude; Your teammates’ competitiveness
Controllables: YOUR drive; YOUR attitude; YOUR competetiveness
Yes, it’s hard when you are surrounded by players who aren’t as driven as you, and with high school ball, you don’t really have a choice! You ask yourself, what are the things I currently can control? The answer is that it’s all about YOU. It’s not about anybody else. Now is the time you push YOURSELF harder and day in and day out try to maintain a consistent mindset. Every day at practice you show up to the field wanting to get better. Every game you show up to the field wanting to leave it all out on the field. Nobody else’s mindset should control this or change what YOU are about.
- Lead by example
- Don’t let others attitude affect you
- Push yourself more and maintain a consistent mindset
This game is what YOU make it, not what someone else makes it. Any given day YOU are in complete control of how you approach the game, how you approach your teammates and how you approach becoming the best player you can possibly be. High school softball is preparing you for the next level of softball for you in college or the next level of your life in getting a job. You must always be able to control what YOU can control, no matter what.
In the end, remember, you are playing someone else when you look at the scoreboard, but this game is really about YOU competing against YOURSELF. You should be pushing yourself in different ways and getting uncomfortable in different situations so that you continue to grow, and you are prepared for anything that is thrown at you when you make it to the next level.
Always control what you can. Look at every situation, and give an honest answer of what you can and cannot control about it.