Average (Comfort?)

  1. It is so easy to be average. Average teams do average things; they practice the same number of hours as everyone else.
  2. On any given day, a couple of players are late or missing, but they usually have a good reason.
  3. Average teams have selective participants who only come to practice so they don’t have to sit out the next game. They are easily distracted during practice, listen when it is convenient and work only if pushed by the coach.
  4. Average teams have players who really don’t “buy in” to something bigger than themselves.
  5. Average teams have players more concerned with their own stats, recognition and minutes than they are with protecting the team and strengthening the inner circle.
  6. Average teams have cliques within the team, not a strong inclusive “inner circle”. The cliques are based on age, social status or ability. They have players who look at roles as “limiting” and are threatened when someone else competes for the same role.
  7. Average teams have players who support each other and the coach when they are winning, but when things are not going well, then these teams have players who get discouraged easily and often find someone else to blame.
  8. Average teams win some games, and they lose some games and when the season is over, they talk about “could that have”, “should have” or “what if”.

Little Things – they’re the difference between average and truly exceptional.

“Anyone can be average. What separates people? People that are willing to work every day. People that are willing to do things that
aren’t fun. People that are willing to look at their weaknesses, then try and commit to a way to make their weaknesses strengths.”
Pat Summitt (Women’s Basketball Coach)

Why in the world would you ever settle for mediocrity?