A few weeks ago our program was blessed to have the Dallas Wings head coach Brian Agler stop by to watch us practice. Afterwards Coach Gary Blair asked Brian if he'd mind saying a few words to our team. What followed was an amazing message that he left with us -- here are few of the nuggets he gave us:
"If you want to play at the next level, it's important to refine your skill work and that comes from your work ethic."
"Are you ready for the next thing to happen."
"Never forget that rest is a part of preparation."
He referenced Angela Duckworth's book "Grit" by reminding us that the #1 indicator of success is having grit. He also told our players to pull up youtube of Duckworth's TedTalk on grit.
He finished by giving us what he considered the 4 traits of champions:
#1 Preparation - not just about practice but studying film, knowing your scouting report, rest, sleep, and nutrition.
#2 Integrity - do the right thing and make the right choices when no one is watching.
#3 Grit - be resilient...welcome tough times -- they make your stronger.
#4 Gratitude - never miss an opportunity to show appreciation.