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3 Things Pro Athletes Know That You Don’t

If you haven’t figured it out by now – we do things a bit differently here at Core1. We’re all about no-nonsense. We’re all about doing what others won’t.

And we’re all about helping athletes who are SERIOUS about going places get places.

Today, we have 3 pieces of advice for you that go against the grain. They might surprise you, shock you, anger you, make you laugh, make you cry, or bring you tons of joy.

I’m really not sure 😉

This post is about your inner-game, your mental game. You know: The person you face in the mirror every day. The voice inside that tells you if you’re trying your hardest, giving it all that you’ve got.

Here are 3 pieces to that inner-game that will help you become the most bad a** athlete in town:

1. Suck!


I once met a kid who loved playing those video games where you’re a soldier. In those games, you can be different kinds of soldiers…

Some have machine guns that work in short range… some have machine guns that work from long range… others have sniper rifles…

This kid wanted to be a good sniper more than anything. (He was very passionate about his video games!)

But he never reached his goal. Why? 

Because he stunk at sniping – and it embarrassed him. So he never played as a sniper. He didn’t know the secret that pro athletes know:

If you want to add a skill set to your game – you have to be willing to be bad at it for awhile. You have to practice it with all your heart, get knocked around, get embarrassed, make mistakes, fail, and simply put:

Suck 😉

Is this you? Do you want to have the baddest slide tackle around? The best drive? The most beastly high jump? 

Then get ready to fail. And fail wonderfully, my friend 😉

2. Be Afraid


When athletes come to us – do you know how we know if they’re working toward goals they really care about?

They’re afraid.

When you put your heart into trying something so big it seems crazy-impossible… fear is a natural by-product.

When the life you imagine in your dreams is drastically bigger and more daring than your current life – fear is a natural by-product.

It’s because you’re pushing your comfort zone. Your mind and your body are going to freak out. Your adrenaline will pump. Your heart will beat hard and fast. You’ll be afraid. 

If your current goals and ambitions don’t scare the crap out of you – dream bigger. And try harder.

The more you put into this, the more you’re gonna get back. You have to be willing to put yourself out there, to put it all on the line.

3. Stop Doing This By Yourself!

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You know the ole expression “behind every great man is a great woman?”

(Which, by the way, is kind of sexist when you think about it…)

Well, for athletes, here’s what it becomes:

“Behind every great athlete is a gigantic support team” 

Trainers… spouses… friends… family… teammates… mentors… physical therapists… coaches… and the list goes on!

To reach the top of Everest, you need a team. And if you’re the kind of athlete I think you are – you have your own “Everest” that you climb every day.

Do me a favor: Let other people help you. When you’re stressed, find someone you can vent to. When you feel overwhelmed and frustrated, find someone who can motivate you and get you back on track. Don’t hold this stuff in. Don’t hold it back.

Express your concerns to people who can help you overcome them. Express your goals to people who can help you reach them. 

Got it? Good 🙂

Till next time, Jim Wnek & The Core1 Crew


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