New Castle News

August 1, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Unleash the process during ‘dog days’ of summer

Tim Kolodziej
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Breathe.

Just breathe.


And again.

Enjoy the journey. It’s your greatest hope.

If you’re a young athlete, these really ARE the dog days for your workouts. You’re stuck in-between right now. Summer is on the decline, but you still have a few weeks to go before the fall seasons officially begin.


Just breathe.

And trust the process.

Look around you. What do you see?

Other young athletes competing for the same job you want? Or are you grateful because you get to be a part of a sport you love. A team you love to be around.

Keep plugging. Keep refining your skills. Just keep getting lost in what you love to do. And most important, keep reminding yourself WHY you are working so hard this summer.

•You are building strength and endurance

•You are becoming better at your craft

•You are creating good habits

•You are becoming disciplined

•What you are doing today will benefit you years down the road

•You are bonding with your teammates. The summer is a great time to build relationships with your coaches and fellow players.

•And whether you realize it or not, you are winning games, meets and matches in the coming season by what you are doing TODAY.

If you think about anything else as you fight through the dog days, you’re going to become frustrated. You’re going to resent your neighbors and classmates who aren’t working as hard as you.

That’s THEIR journey. Just enjoy yours.

Trust the process.


But let me warn you. You’ll never “arrive.”

There’s no such thing as standing still — in athletics or the business world. You’re either getting better or you are falling back.

That’s why you must trust the process.

Let me share an acting analogy. Those in Hollywood who land the big movies don’t fight to “get the part.” Instead, they immerse themselves into the role they want to play and soon enough, they BECOME the part.

In other words, they trust the process. They don’t look at the end result. They “play present,” and with consistency and plenty of deliberate practice, the future meets THEM.

Besides, “getting the part” — or earning a starting job — is really out of your control. That’s for the director or coach to decide. Focus on the things you can control right now, with attitude and effort at the top of your list.

Enjoy the journey.

Trust the process.


You’re tired. It’s hot. Some days you wish you were just like all the other kids.

I get it. I really do.

But you have to remember the reason you aren’t like all the other kids is because you’ve CHOSEN not to be. You’ve CHOSEN to represent your team, your school and your community.

You’ve CHOSEN to wear the colors. You’ve chosen to play a key role as your team works toward a common goal.

If that’s you — and I hope it is — experience the pain and do it anyway. Revel in how good it feels with the sweat pouring off your body. Bust through the fatigue by focusing on a cool night in October.

THAT’S when today’s reps will really pay off.

Enjoy the journey. It won’t last forever.

Trust the process, because all of life IS a process.

Breathe. Then rest for 30 seconds to get your second wind.

And if you get the urge to quit, just remember the advice of my favorite commercial on TV right now:

“One more.”

Then trust the process all over again.

(Tim Kolodziej is executive editor at The News. To follow him on Twitter, CLICK HERE.)