It’s easy to assume that you won’t get an opportunity immediately since you don’t see a path to success or there are older athletes on your team. So you don’t train as if you will be asked to take the field. At the same time, it can be easy to assume that is your “turn” for an opportunity and perhaps don’t push yourself as hard to earn the spot.
But the game has a funny way of finding those who are ready and exposing those who aren’t. The ball doesn’t know who is “supposed” to win or succeed. Sometimes the player who succeeds isn’t always the best athlete or who was expected to shine. Sometimes there is an injury or a player is removed from the game. Or an athlete has a slump. Be ready every day for your opportunity to present itself and contribute in that moment.
So train like your opportunity will arrive today. Put in the work day in and day out as if the coach you want to impress will be watching you closely in your next game. Maybe a scout is at a game to watch the opposing pitcher – but you catch her eye with your approach at the plate or defensive skill.
Make every workout, every warm up, every at bat, every play matter. Because you don’t know which one will be your “lucky” break. While there is disagreement about who said it first, there is truth in the quote “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Everyone has a different path to success. Train so you are ready when opportunity arrives.
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