I’ve always told our Recruit-Me families that the scholarship pursuit is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. And if you’re in your freshman or sophomore year of high school, it’s like running multiple marathons. For that reason, you can lose your enthusiasm and energy. Discouragement can set in when things don’t happen as fast as you’d like.
But do everything you can to fight that discouragement. A marathon runner hits the wall and winners run through that wall. Finish the course. Stay with it. Keep moving along, step by step. Here’s a pivotal approach you can take. Leaders in life know this and that’s why they are leaders:
Act on things you can control. You don’t have control over whether a coach will contact you, recruit you, follow up with you, call again or make an offer. While we teach our families everything they need to do in order to get coaches’ interest and keep it, you have no guarantee which coaches will recruit you. Don’t worry about what you can’t control. You cannot control a coach’s behavior, so don’t put that burden on yourself.
Do things you can control:
- Contact three coaches a week.
- Spend an extra 60 minutes this week improving your athletic ability.
- Produce a highlight video this month.
- Make a list of 50 schools you will contact in the next three months
- Commit to spend 30 extra minutes a night this fall on your academics, knowing that good academics gives you an edge over other recruits.
What other things do you have control over that you can do? Continue the list I’ve started and get moving. If you’re fighting discouragement right now, I want you to know that it is normal.
But if you start doing positive, solid things, you will develop the momentum you need to re-ignite an effective scholarship journey.