At nearly every one of my Cutting Edge Clinics, I ask the players a (somewhat tricky) question:
“There is a very specific amount of money I can withdraw from my bank account anytime I want. Can you guess how much that is?”
The answers usually vary from $50 to $1,000… which always makes me chuckle. Almost inevitably though, someone blurts out, “As much as you want!”
Which of course, they are correct. I most certainly do not have $1,000,000 in my checking or savings account. Far from it.
So what is the answer? How much can I withdraw?
Exactly what I put in… not a penny more.
I can only take out what I put in.
NOTE: Thankfully, I haven’t had a smart ass ruin my analogy by bringing up the concept of interest!
My somewhat elementary banking analogy holds true in basketball as well.
You only get out… what you put in.
Do you want to jump higher when the season starts? To be a better shooter? Or better ball handler?
Now is the time you need to be making ‘deposits.’ A 45 minutes shooting workout is like making a $100 deposit. A bodyweight strength workout is like dropping in another $50. And trust me, it will add up.
A good friend of mine recently reminded me of a similar mindset… and a very powerful concept:
You either spend time or you invest time.
Great players understand this.
For the rest of this month, will you spend time laying at the pool, playing video games or hanging out at the mall?
Or will you invest time working on your game, hitting the weight room and watching film?
If you invest now, you will be able to make a hefty withdrawal this winter.
Train hard. Fuel smart. Get better.
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