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If you’re a top player and a team leader, you probably receive little or no negative feedback from your parents, coaches or teammates. On the contrary, they probably rely on you at critical points during games and lavish you with praise when you inevitably deliver.
Basking in the glow of such approval, you might easily think your game is fine the way it is. Unfortunately, this mindset leads to complacency and can slow your development as an athlete.
Jessica Mendoza, USA Softball Olympic gold medalist, stays on top of her game by staying humble. “Despite all the accolades and all the people telling you that you’re amazing, you still need to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and be accountable and responsible for your faults [in order] to get better,” she says. “When you lose your humility, you lose your success.”
Even if you have the talent to dominate, remember that thousands of athletes are shedding blood, sweat and tears every day to reach their goals. Realize that you are not a perfect athlete, find your faults and work on curing them. Even the best can get better.