There are two different types of fatigue. There is physical fatigue and there is psychological fatigue. When you are playing, what type of fatigue do you think you experience the most? In my eyes, I remember being more psychologically fatigue compared to physically fatigued. Don’t believe me? Think about it. I am going to give you a couple of examples for basketball, academics, and daily life situations.
- How many times are you about to go to practice and you instantly feel tired. You probably went to one class, had the day off, or slept in. There is no reason for you to be tired. You might be thinking, “We didn’t play well last game, I know coach is going to run us a lot” or “I would rather lay around then practice”. This isn’t because your day was exhausting, it is because you have a fear of being fatigued and doubting yourself before you even get on that court!
- Studying isn’t usually the most fun activity to do. That’s why we usually feel tired before we end up opening up our notes and our book. If the class is challenging for you, there is usually a lack of confidence in yourself. It is hard to condition your body for this type of brain power if you do not do the extra work beforehand. When it comes to academics, the extra work would be reviewing your notes after class for 15-20 minutes, make notecards early, and read each chapter when the teacher gives it to you. If this doesn’t occur, it ends up being a HUGE workload for one night.
- Chores, chores, chores. Something that needs to be done every day but it’s hard to get yourself to do at times. See yourself pushing through laundry, cleaning your room, or organizing your locker. Once these chores are complete, you end up feeling so much better at the end of the day. Along with this, you will have more time for your hobbies once they are all complete. I say that is a win!
Basketball, academics, and daily life should always be done with a never quit attitude at all times. Prepare yourself for the challenge, give yourself confidence, have faith in yourself, never have doubts; that is half the battle!