Forbes Magazine released an article entitled, Creativity: How Constraints Drive Genius. This article dismisses the popular belief that great creative works come from free thinking and unlimited options.
Without boundaries, people suffer from "analysis paralysis".
That is deadly for an athlete.
1. Laser Focus:
Boundaries, constraints, and limits help focus our energy. They prevent us from veering off course, wasting our time and intelligence.
Erwin McManus asked, "What if Mozart spent all of his time looking for the 13th musical note instead of accepting the limitations of 12 notes and creating within that context?"
Would have been a shame of wasted talent, time, and energy.
Think about gutters on a bowling lane. When those boundaries are in place, the ball always hits it's target.
When I played, people always told me I couldn't shoot. This made me want to shoot more to prove them wrong. The problem was, they were right. I was a bad shooter.
But, I was a great driver. God gifted me with quickness, strength, and a low stance. I wasted a lot of time trying to be a shooter when that was outside of my skill set.
When I accepted my reality, I became more confident. I knew that when the game started I was sticking to my strengths. I felt confident.
I was sure of myself. I knew exactly what I was going to do.
3. Improved Aggression:
Aggression in a fast paced game is all about decisiveness. Without boundaries, options are limitless. Players can't make a decision. Hesitancy will ALWAYS get you beat in sports.
By putting constraints on yourself, you eliminate inefficient choices. Before a game ever started, I knew I was going to the rim. Therefore, I never hesitated. I knew exactly what I was going to do.
4: Creativity and Growth:
When you know exactly what type of player you are, you can expand in that category. If you are a driver like me, dedicate your time to adding new details to that aspect. Become creative.
Bouncing around trying to improve this weakness or that weakness is inefficient. I've seen lots of training time wasted because players lack direction and decision.
Decide what type of player you are, then develop within that category. Coaches would rather have excellence in a specific skill than broad mediocrity.