As we head into a new year, Christian and I would like to take the opportunity to say a great big thank you to our friends, clients, and colleagues who helped make 2017 a great year for us.
We were blessed with a fantastic group of kids in 2017, and we're looking forward to 2018 with excitement for the things coming down the pipeline.
To all the athletes and parents who worked so hard to help us make 2017 a success, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Looking forward to 2018, here are a few things to remember:
1. You're only human
Last year, we worked with more high-school athletes than any other time in our business and one thing became crystal clear to us - kids these days are under enormous pressure. Whether it's academics, athletics, home life, work life for some, siblings, society, many times all of the above, high school athletes (and high schoolers in general), feel an incredible pressure to give 100% and succeed in every area.
To you, I'm going to say, take a moment to breath. Give yourself some credit for all the things you're juggling and understand that you're only human. Get the sleep you need, take care of your nutrition, and if you need help (in anything) don't be afraid to ask. Asking for help shows strength, not weakness, so be good to yourself and lean in to your support group.
2. Parents - you're doing a good job
The overwhelming refrain from parents we interacted with last year was this - "I want him/her to be happy, to be successful, to be able to do what they want to do."
I would like to say that the majority of parents we met are doing the best they can, juggling enormous loads themselves, and feeling the strain of a demanding ecosystem comprised of family, job, relationships, responsibilities, sometimes juggling kids from place to place, and working to have good attitudes and raise good members of society at the same time.
Parents, my hat goes off to you. Take a breath, tell yourself you're doing a good job (because you are), tell your kids you love them, and don't be afraid to say no sometimes. You're doing a good job and not enough people tell you that.
3. High School is temporary
This is more for you teens - keep your eyes on the hills.
There is a huge world waiting for you outside your high-school walls. Athletics can open up doors for you in many areas - scholarships, life-long friendships, business acquaintances, etc. But the most important thing is that you find something you enjoy, so you can maintain a healthy, active life through your whole lifetime, not only in the here and now. This will help you in ways you may not understand just yet, but trust me, remaining healthy and active makes a world of difference in your everyday life.
Christian and I wish you a happy, prosperous, healthy New Year.
Be Well, Keep it fun, Never stop learning