A leader must have credibility. Are you doing everything you can to build credibility with your teammates so that you can build the best TEAM possible? You cannot possibly hold others accountable if you are not doing something yourself. My coach, Don Meyer, used to say: “Your example is not the main thing, it’s the only thing.”
So think about it. Are you showing up early for practice and workouts as a way of showing your teammates how important this team is to you? Are you taking care of your body off the court by sleeping and eating right? Are you the hardest worker in the weight room on a consistent basis? If you want to be a true leader, you must be doing these types of things to build credibility.
If a teammate comes up to you and gets on you to work harder in the weight room, yet that person is always the first one done with his/her workout, and really just goes through the motions during workouts, you have no respect for that person’s comments as his actions do not hold the weight of his words. How about the teammate who chews out the team for partying on the weekends, instead of getting proper sleep and nutrition. If this person is one who follows these principles himself, these words may resonate.
Do you want to do everything you can to help your team succeed? Do you want to succeed as bad as you want to party? Do you want to succeed as bad as you want to eat junk food? Once you really decide to do these things, good things will come.
When your career is done, you will look back on it with one of the following: The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret.
Which one will it be for you?