A Humble Athlete

Be a Humble Athlete

One of the most important qualities you can have as an athlete is humility.

In his book Don't Waste Your Sports, author C. J. Mahaney profiles what a humble athlete looks like:

  1. A humble athlete recognizes his limitations. We all are born with limitations— our limitations should humble us.
  2. The humble athlete welcomes critique and correction from coaches and teammates. If we're humble, we realize that we have weaknesses, so we welcome correction. If we're humble, we know we need to improve, so we want others to show us where and how.
  3. The humble athlete acknowledges the contribution of others. No athlete accomplishes anything alone.
  4. The humble athlete is gracious in defeat and modest in victory. When the humble athlete loses, one recognizes that one's opponents played better, and you sincerely congratulates them on their win. And when the humble athlete wins, there are no excessive celebrations, no inappropriate victory dances. One realizes that victory is a gift.
  5. The humble athlete honors one's coach, doesn't rip the coach in private, doesn't slouch when on the bench, and expresses gratitude and accepts the role the coach chooses for him.
  6. The humble athlete respects the officials:  doesn't protest a call—even if it was inaccurate.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” ~ C.S. Lewis.

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