Watch! | When push comes to shove, PUSH BACK!
Nothing fancy in this email. It's actually a little bit of a gut check. I find myself getting more frustrated as I get older and more experienced. I've trained a lot of athletes that compete at a high level in their respective sports. Thing is, a lot of times the best athletes who also train hard in the gym give in when they're pushed by an opponent who may have been equally as prepared as them. I WANT SEE SOME PUSHING BACK!! I'm only bringing this up bc I've seen it over and over again at this point. Things aren't always handed over to you just bc you put in the work. Sometimes, other athletes put in equal or more work and they just happen to be your opponents. Other times, our HS athletes make it to the college level but quit or don't reach their potential bc they have to start over and prove themselves AGAIN. You've gotta buckle down, hold your ground and believe in yourself! Guys, you're gonna be pushed, you will be tested, you must prove yourself and your abilities over, and over, and over again!!! That's the beauty of competing! If you fold at the first glance of adversity or don't push back, you'll never reach your full potential. Be accountable for your actions or non-actions both good or bad. If you can do that you'll grow as an athlete and more importantly, as a young man or woman. Talking get's you no where. ACTION TAKERS are the ones with their hands up when the last seconds tick away. I know you've all heard the line from Rocky- "The world is a very mean and dark place. I don't care how tough you are, it'll beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward! How much you can take and keep moving forward! THAT'S HOW WINNIN' IS DONE!!" Well, it will never get old to me.
We've all gotta (wo)man up kids Dominate another day. Coach Hoke