While there are many good basketball players in the world that are training at all different levels only a few of them are truly elite players. Elite is a special term that can be used to separate “good” from “outstanding” players.
The truth is anyone can become an elite player - all it takes is putting in the work. You shouldn’t view all stars who have made it into big leagues as “special people” that have some talent that you are not able to attain yourself. If you are training to become an elite player, applying these 3 key traits to your game is essential!
Paint a picture of where you are now and where you want to be. What do you love to do? Visualize yourself there - that is what is going to give you the drive to get to where you want to be. It doesn’t take a “special” person to become elite, it takes a focused person. You have to be able to visualize where you want to be and what you want to be doing. This is your vehicle to a clear vision of your journey.
2. Hard work
You can't beat around the bush with hard work. Elite players have never made it to where they want to be without hard work, they are always striving to best themselves. Anyone can make it to the NBA if you’re willing to be the one who is always hustling. Be obsessed, work hard, and stay focused. All of those things will push you to the next level step by step.
Working smart also goes hand in hand with working hard. You have to know what you are specifically working towards and have a plan to get there - then give it all you’ve got! Hard work means getting out of your comfort zone as it lays the foundation for your success. Don't stop, push through and you WILL become elite
3. Love the journey
It’s a long, long road. We see the finished product of people who have made it but we don’t know the journey they went on before they became elite. Embrace the journey and enjoy it. If you do not enjoy the journey you will fall off.
The best players understand that the grind of the journey has to be done and there is enjoyable moments of progress through it. Don’t compare your journey to another person’s journey because yours is special!