Basketball Tip: Become a More Consistent Athlete
Esian Henderson, professional basketball player and director of the Nike Boys Basketball Camp at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, shares his three steps to becoming a more consistent athlete.
We have all heard it said before, "you practice how you play". The more work you put in on a consistent basis, the better your results and the higher your confidence will be. It sounds easier than it is. The challenge is the process and your consistency in that process. What are you eating? Thinking? How many shots did you shoot today? Success is a product of many small goals being met on a journey to achievement.
Follow these three rules to start being a more consistent, productive version of yourself on the court:
1. Set Goals
Goals are a crucial part to staying motivated. Set realistic, short-term goals that will lead to long-term results. Analyze your current situation honestly and create a set of short-term and long-term goals to achieve over time. If you aren't finishing around the basket, you may need to work on your lower body strength, footwork, or conditioning; these big goals are an accumulation of smaller goals. Once you reach a goal, create another to help your game continue to grow. Remember, there is always room for improvement.
2. Develop a Routine
After you create your goals, develop a routine to reach them and stick to it. This means committing to a set schedule that you work around; it's not a routine until you do it like clockwork.
3. Do not Deviate
Stick to the script and your routine will become habit over time. If you go hard for two weeks and then take three weeks off, you'll never see results. Stay committed; working hard is just as important as staying consistent and consistency determines your success or failure.
Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Set your goals, develop a routine, and stick with it! Consistency is the #1 attribute of any seasoned athlete.