“We have a choice of which mental approach to take every day and every play. The greatest characteristic we can have is a positive attitude.”
-Coach Jay Wright
Attitude Defined: “a settled way of thinking”
I am sure you have heard a coach say, “He has a bad attitude.” So what is a good attitude? Most of us find it easy to have a good attitude when everything is going our way, but what happens when the circumstances change for the worse? It’s a known fact you will face adversity at least three times this season. What will be your attitude when you do not get in the game, when the official makes a poor call, when you can hardly walk you are so run down, or when you are receiving hard instruction? You must stay committed beyond circumstance!
A good attitude is putting the team first, doing your best at all times, trusting your coaches’ decisions, respecting your teammates, reaching down and going a little bit harder, having a coachable spirit, accepting hard instruction and not blaming someone else. Are you prepared to have such an attitude? David did…
Goliath, the nine-foot 400-lb. giant, challenged the soldiers of Israel. David, a 17-year-old shepherd, demanded to know why they were not accepting his challenge. They explained to David that Goliath would destroy them, but David didn’t buy the lie. He fought the giant and won. He did not allow the conditions to control his attitude; his attitude controlled the conditions.
I hope you can step onto the basketball court with the same attitude David had when he stepped onto the battlefield with Goliath. Be aggressive and look forward to challenges. Put on display quiet confidence and trust your preparation. Stay positive and do not let your mistakes handle you; rather, you handle your mistakes.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a team. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
By Chuck Swindoll