Raising a champion, in sports or in life, is all about embracing a process of growth and development. It’s about using your son’s experiences today to build, prepare, and equip him in the important areas he’ll need for tomorrow. It’s about focusing on the opportunities that exist in his present without abandoning your plan for his future. If you’re serious about helping him reach his full potential as an athlete and a man, then there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. That’s why you’re here.
As a champion sports parent, creating and maintaining a clear vision for who your son can become – of what his full potential looks like – is a necessary part of the job. That vision is crucial to your success for many reasons. First, it helps to clarify the gap that exists between who your son is now and who he’s capable of becoming. And not just that a gap exists, but more importantly, where it exists. It helps you see clearly where he’s deficient, and it moves you into action to close that gap.
A clear vision for who your son can become also gives you hope. When it comes to the long, slow, and sometimes painful process of growing or developing anything great in life – including growing or developing a champion son – hope is required. Now don’t get me wrong; hope alone isn’t enough. There must be action taken, too. But without the hope that comes from a clear vision for what’s possible, action is futile.
That’s because hope, coupled with purposeful action, creates a powerful belief that just flat-out refuses to let your dreams die, regardless of the circumstances. Achieving greatness in any area demands that challenges be faced, doubts conquered, and adversity overcome. Typically, it’s in these difficult moments that those without a clear vision decide give up, throw in the towel, or walk away. “It can’t be done,” the weak-minded hopelessly say. “And you’re an idiot for believing otherwise.”
But if you’re a champion, what you see is different. It won’t be quick, easy, or convenient work, but it can be done. If you maintain that clear vision of success, and then use it each day to close the gap on your dream, then you can become a champion in any area of life, including in the work you’re doing to raise a champion of your own. Your vision won’t let you quit.
Helping your son reach his full potential will require that you help him see for himself the power of a clear vision, too. That’s because for a successful athlete, that same hope is required. Hope alone isn’t enough in sports, of course. We said it already – action must be taken, too. But hope, coupled with purposeful action, creates that powerful belief that just flat-out refuses to let an athlete’s dream die, regardless of the circumstances. Achieving greatness in sports will demand that challenges be faced, doubts conquered, and adversity overcome. When things get tough, too many athletes give up, throw in the towel, or walk away. “It can’t be done,” they hopelessly say. “And you’re an idiot for believing otherwise.”