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Stay focused on your roller derby dreams and you are going to succeed as a team

Stay focused on your roller derby dreams and you are going to succeed as a team
Stay focused on your roller derby dreams and you are going to succeed as a teamARG

Gentle reminder:it is one of the biggest challenges that teams, coaches and skaters face throughout the season. It is always a privilege and a luxury to work with a team
where every single player wants to be their best and is willing to do anything and everything in order to get to the next level.

Working with this type of team of highly motivated and dedicated skaters is an exception and not the rule. On every team, there are usually skaters who are really dedicated
and driven to get to the next level.

It's not that the other players aren't trying their hardest or giving their best. It's just that they're not quite as focused on getting to the elite level. It's neither good nor bad, but it just is. No member of the team becomes any less valuable to the group just because they have a different individual goal, as long as they are on board with doing what it takes to help the team excel.

It's a serious challenge for coaches who want to help these roller derby skaters reach their dreams, but are hesitant about forcing the less motivated skaters into a level of commitment that they aren't ready for. But it's an even bigger challenge for the skater who is laser-focused on doing whatever it takes to get to the elite level.

It's frustrating to know that you are putting in all this extra time and energy away from the track in order to be your best, and the rest of your team isn't. If you are one of those players who would run through a wall if it meant that it would help you get closer to your dreams, you need to understand this. Your teammates may not have the same long-term goals as you, and that's fine.

Other derby skaters will say that they "want" to play at the highest level, but they don't "choose" to take the action needed to get there. You can't make them decide to be a great roller derby player. Maybe they are simply playing for the love of the game. The truth is that all the time and energy you are spending focusing on them doesn't help you at all.

No member of the team becomes any less valuable to the group just because they have a different individual goal, as long as they are on board with doing what it takes to help the team excel.

It's a serious challenge for coaches who want to help these skaters reach their dreams, but are hesitant about forcing the less motivated skaters into a level of commitment that they aren't ready for. It's an even bigger challenge for the player who is laser-focused on doing whatever it takes to get to the elite level.

It's frustrating to know that you are putting in all this extra time and energy away from the rink in order to be your best, and the rest of your team isn't.

If you are one of those players who would run through a wall if it meant that it would help you get closer to your dreams, you need to understand this. Your teammates may not have the same long-term goals as you, and that's fine.

Skaters will say that they "want" to skate at the highest level. But they don't "choose" to take the action needed to get there. You can't make them decide to be great at roller derby. Maybe they are simply playing for the love of the game. The truth is that all the time and energy you are spending focusing on them doesn't help you at all.

The truth is that some skaters are going to think that you think you are better than them because you are so focused and committed.

So here's where the difficult decision comes in. You can make the "easy" choice and let them take you off your game. Or you can choose to stay focused on your goals no matter what and keep taking action towards your dreams.

Going after your goals doesn't make you a "bitch". It makes,

  • you and
  • your teammates - better.

If you're with a team that has skaters who are ready to do anything and everything it takes to get to the next level, then this isn't a real problem. But let's be honest, that's not the reality for most roller derby teams. There are the 5 or 6 players who really want it - and there are those that don't.

Not everyone makes the choice to be great. And you have to learn to be O.K.
with that if you are going to be able to succeed as a team.

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