Being a professional athlete involves having to make some difficult decisions sometimes and also coming to grips that living out of a suitcase might be the norm for quite some time. The reality is that if you love something you will be willing to sacrifice the comfortable for the uncomfortable sometimes. I’ve had to make quite difficult decisions since I’ve stepped into the world of being a professional athlete two years ago, but I’ve learned a lot.
1) Set goals!
Before I came to Cyprus one of my goals was to get into the habit of consistently scoring again. That wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t put in the work before I left Canada. It’s what you do when nobody is watching that matters the most when you’re placed in the big stages.
2) Know your worth and stand up for yourself.
Business is business! Sometimes uncomfortable decisions have to be made for the greater good. Don’t take it personal though; just make sure that you don’t find yourself being taken advantage of. It’s a cold world out there. Make sure the flame in your heart is able to warm you up from it.
3) Never get complacent and enjoy every moment like it’s your last.
There’s always someone ready to take your spot. When you’re sleeping there is someone in the world training and waiting for their opportunity to replace you. If you ever find yourself being complacent, remember that nothing is ever guaranteed. Whether you have a job or are in a relationship. You have to work to keep what you have.
4) Having a bad day? Do something that makes you happy and keeps your mind off negativity.
For me personally just listening to music and going on a walk helps. Sometimes writing songs or even kicking the crap out of a soccer ball helps get some frustrations out. Do what makes you happy and make sure you separate yourself from the negative energy that is bringing you down in the first place.
You can lay on a beach with your roommate looking fly and get offered to go jet skiing for free hahahaha!
5) Do what you feel in your heart is best for you.
Sometimes in life you have to be a little selfish, but you also have to make sure you don’t confuse that with being a complete asshole. At the end of the day you represent yourself in everything you do. The reality is that you can’t please everyone through your actions and it’s next to impossible for everyone to love you. There is always going to be someone who is waiting on you to fall or who straight up doesn’t like you. However, the one thing that people will always recognize is if you put your heart into everything that you do. Don’t just show up! Put in work and earn respect! It’s harder to knock someone’s hustle when they’re getting good results.
6) Positivity is Key!
People who still have something positive to say to others even on their worst days are the difference makers. I’ve gotten into the habit of making sure I applaud my teammates for things they do well on the field and giving more positive criticism to them when they make mistakes. It’s okay to get frustrated sometimes in the moment, but learning to turn that frustration into something positive after the fact is crucial. You never know what someone might be going through. Sometimes smiling or complimenting them can make a world of a difference in their day.
Stay tuned to hear about my plans for the rest of 2015 in the next upcoming weeks.