I remember club try-outs growing up. We didn't have fancy numbered t-shirts. We didn't have online registration. Or even huge facilities with 8+ courts in one building.
We had numbers on paper signs to pin to our shirts. We had a few moms at a table taking registration by hand. We had high school gyms with two courts. Yep. It was crowded.
I did what many girls my age did: dressed in extremely bright colors, crazy socks, and neon headbands and ribbons in my hair. Then we would pin the numbers on my shirt. My mom was the best – she ALWAYS brought extra pins so my number wouldn't flap around in my face.
I looked crazy. I know I did. But you know what, I had fun with it. I felt confident. I got noticed. As soon as I stepped onto the court, I lost any jitters tucked away deep inside. I just played volleyball after that.
As long as I could play volleyball, I didn't really care what I looked like. I was there to play and I was there to compete. Those outfits gave me this this kind of confidence even at 10 years old:
I'm not here to be Average. I'm here to be Awesome.
That is the best attitude to have when taking a risk or trying something new. Whether it is trying out for a new club team or trying out a new workout routine. Sometimes you have to take a risk to reap the rewards.
Whatever gives you the confidence to be awesome, do it! No excuses.
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