I wish I had a dime for every young athlete who complained to me about working hard and yet… is underachieving in some way… velocity, command, pain/recovery/durability, and/or consistency, etc.
They are frustrated. They are discouraged. They are sad. They are melancholy. They are despondent. They are at their wits end.
Coach Gary Ward referred to it as the ‘ain’t it awful’ mindset.