Updated: Jul 25, 2020
We've all heard the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day" and to be honest, neither are great basketball players. Anyone can get decent at something with a few months practice or in some cases, there are also those people who are just born with natural talents that give them an advantage right from the start. But for the majority of us this is not the case... Most of us have to work to get better by putting in time, day after day, month after month, year after year, to achieve anything great. The problem is that most people never do achieve anything great, and from my observation it stems from a lack of one thing: consistency
This is one of the most common reasons that players don't reach their full potential. Think about it, if you only practice one time a week, there's only one opportunity every 7 days for you to get better at your sport. Now, there's no doubt that you will improve from your starting point with even just one day a week, but we're talking about being great. I don't know any great players who worked out once a week...When you can develop habits and build a routine for yourself, working out and practicing gets easier. It's automatic to the point that when you don't get your workout in, something doesn't feel right. When you notice that your handle is a little tighter or you made 2 more shots then you did last week, you start to enjoy the process of not just seeing results, but earning them...
So focus on winning each day by showing up whether or not you feel like it. It's not always going to be a great workout, but once you start to string together 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, 50 days etc. you'll start to see how the weeks add up and the results of putting in time & effort over a consistent period will put you on the path to doing or becoming something great.