“There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or were too cautious, and were unwilling to take a leap of faith.”
–James Cameron, Filmmaker
The Only Certain Thing in Life is Uncertainty
In my previous post I wrote about how Leadership is an off-Ball Player. Before my son could become an off-ball player he needed to decide which school to attend. He knew he wanted to play lacrosse all four years, and earn a degree in athletic training. His decision would affect the next four years of his life. Ricky was recruited by some well-known NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse teams, and a couple of Division I schools in the northeast, and competition to play at any collegiate level is fierce.
What separates leaders from those who are just along for the ride is the ability to take a leap of faith. Ricky took that leap of faith by committing to a NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Program that would commence his freshman year, and first year head coach. He has never regretted his decision, even when things got tough.
Steps for Taking Your Own Leap of Faith
- Listen to Your Inner Voice and Weigh Your Options: It’s easy to become paralyzed in seeking more information and drown out your inner voice. Ricky looked at his academic and athletic college goals and opportunities. He was decisive. He choice was not easy as he had to work very hard to play all four years and complete 100% of his requirements to graduate with an Athletic Training degree in four years.
- Let go of your fear: Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Had Ricky gone to any other program he may not have had game time all four years. Another athletic training program may have required him to stop playing by his junior year.
- Seek Support: Ricky talked with us throughout the process. His father has played for Australia and other championship teams. Ricky sought out his Dad’s counsel and support. Along the way he met some of the other early recruits and formed friendships with them. At his freshman orientation he met a player who became a good friend and teammate all four years.
- Reap the Rewards of Success and Lessons Learned: Ricky was part of a group of young men who blazed a lacrosse trail through his college. He learned how to budget his time. He learned about maximizing his time by using his athletic training skills to aid his teammates. He played lacrosse all four years and graduated on time. In his own words:
“I wanted to be a part of something that I could have a hand in building from the beginning. I didn’t want to try and conform to a program, but instead build my own culture with a group of guys that love the game. Also, the opportunity to play against some of the top competition in the nation was a part of my decision. Like the old saying goes,
if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.”
-Ricky Kneebone, ATC, LAT