Learning to cope with life as a Professional Athlete
So, you were the star on your College team. You were adored and treated like royalty whenever you moved through your campus, and life as a sports star was great! Suddenly, you are out of college and are now playing in the Pro’s, but it is so different; you are not getting as much game time as you used to in college, and no one is telling you that you are the best. You feel like you do not fit in, and the NBA seems to be a league that is not friendly to you. Welcome to life as a professional sports-star! This life is not always as glamorous as it appears. You have to develop the right balance of skills to cope well and maintain your sanity while transitioning from college athlete to professional athlete. We will look at some strategies that will make the transition so much easier for you.
Adjust your mindset
One of the things that can make you feel despondent with life as a professional athlete is your mindset. You should try to think positively and be excited that you have gotten the opportunity to play in your chosen professional league; less than 2% of college athletes make this transition. You should also be mindful that you will have to prove yourself as a professional athlete and work hard to nail down your position on the team. Your team will have seasoned professionals who, on most occasions, will be bigger stars than you are, and you have to accept that mentally and use these guys as motivation to grow and get better at your craft. Once you adjust your mindset to a positive one, accepting the new reality of the NBA will be so much easier, you will eventually start getting more playing time and opportunities to make your mark as a professional. On the other hand, your development might be stifled if your mindset is negative.
Get yourself the right management team
To ensure that you get the best professional advice to steer your career in the right direction, it is critical that you have a great team of sports management professionals in your corner. The best athlete management companies have specific programs to help you adjust to life as a professional athlete, help you develop your brand, manage your money, and provide psychological support if necessary. Choosing the right Sports Management company will ensure that you have holistic support as you make the transition to being a professional athlete. This will allow you to focus on what you need to do to be successful for a long time in your sports career.
Strong support system
One of the things that we need to keep us grounded and keep our sanity is a strong support system, which can be family or friends or both! This is no different for young athletes making the transition to professional sports. The people they surround themselves with will either make them more anxious and negative or more optimistic about their careers. It is essential that athletes have people in their inner circle that will encourage them to be their best and remind them that they will be supported whatever happens in their career. This is the type of reassurance that professional athletes sometimes need to free their minds and perform at their best!
These are some of the things that you can do to make a seamless transition to the grueling world of professional sports. We wish you only success, and we will be happy to assist you in the process!