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Get 1% Better Today

Get 1% Better Today
Published: 2020-10-06

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Cam Dailey has been working with Elite Hoops for three years and was named Travel Team Director during the Summer of 2018. Dailey played at Tuskegee University, where he averaged 15.5 points and 9.4 assists, while also being ranked in the top 5 in the nation. Dailey also played for Truett-McConnell and Okaloosa-Walton, where he helped lead them to a national championship title in 1995.

Good Day Players and Parents,

I wanted to take some time today to write a small piece about a motto I live by to help me and others around me to get 1 percent better per day. Now I know you probably ask what is that motto and how do I use it. I also wanted to talk about how it related to training basketball players. The 1 percent motto can be used in all parts of life and is about doing something each day to get 1 percent better at something. Think about if you get 1 percent better in math each day? Well at the end of the year you're 365 percent better at math!

I always tell my players to get 1 percent better today in the gym. To some people, 1 percent is a small amount. Think about what I said: if your left hand is weak and you work on it getting 1 percent better at the end of the month you are 30 percent better. Small steps in basketball help players more when we challenge them to get better. Many times we are looking for a big gain 50 percent or 100 percent better and want it to happen immediately. I say many times that isn't going to happen (we aren't built with Kyrie Handles, Kyle Korver jumper, KD skill set or Lebron overall game). I will assume each player I spoke about worked hard on their game each day and got 1 percent better each day with those guys probably 10 or 20 percent better each day. Listen how hard it is to get 1 percent better. That's an easy short term goal to focus on for long success. Players if you have a bad training day or bad game look and ask yourself? Did I do something that day to get 1 percent better? I will again assume you did get better at something on the floor! 

I train people of all ages and I challenge myself to help them see what I preach each day with 1 percent. This motto is something I live by and pride myself on not only teaching but holding myself accountable to also get 1 percent better. When I speak to athletes the one question I ask, “Do you think you are better than you were yesterday?” We adults need to do a better job of teaching and showing and not to expect that a huge jump will happen each practice or game. This is part of the problem in today's society due to the fact we look for the big gain overnight. Trust me when I tell you that it's a 1 in a million chance to change overnight. When I use the 1 percent motto I challenge you to start using it and see gains at small steps to get big results. You have to not be so hard on yourself at failing sometimes and wanting major gains quickly.

The last thing I am going to leave you with is 1 percent better each day will get major results if you work hard everyday in all parts of your life. I once was told, the door you are looking at, Success is on the other side, but failure is written on the door! Many don't want to walk through the door because when they fail once they quit! Well, when you work hard each day and get 1 percent better each day you can push through that door! So don't be so hard on yourself and keep working hard! So I have a challenge to each player reading this blog. Watch the Tim Hardaway better ball-handling drill on the SportsEd Basketball page. Practice the drills for 30 days and see how much better you get at drills. At the end of the month, we should be 30 percent better with speed and handling of the basketball! Thanks for taking the time to read this article and have a great day!