Above all sport taught me to focus. When I want to improve I concentrate. Concentration means exclusion so when I am trying to do something better, when I have decided that I am not satisfied with my current performance or condition, I exclude. I do only what improves. I ignore what distracts. I reject what opposes. Focus means just that: making the subject clear blurs the periphery — often to the point that it is no longer visible. That makes it tough for anything or anyone at the edges of the frame.
Sport taught me honesty. When I am honest with myself about my current condition, and about the requirements of my ambition it is easy to draw the line from point A to point B. Walking it is another story. When I make an honest assessment of myself I know whether I have progressed or not. I can sort “likes” from truth. I see how far I have come. I see how far remains ahead of me. Most of all I understand how far I CAN go if I apply myself.