In a world that continues to value instant gratification and is filled with external distractions, the journey of student-leaders is a testament to an enduring commitment to practice and skills development. Here at Empower ME Academy, we’ve witnessed this commitment firsthand and love seeing our leaders flourish.

As we attempt to champion 2024, our team remains focused on nurturing habits that foster leadership and building skills that will benefit our students for a lifetime. It may be the time of year when our community kicks back and enjoys a break, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways that everyone can continue to develop habits that contribute to lasting success. In this blog, we will share ongoing, positive habits that can help empower student-leaders to excel on the court and enhance leadership skills overall.  What is the one thing that each of our recommendations shares in common? Growth mindset!

Positive mindset

Fostering a positive mindset is crucial for student-leaders, enabling them to tackle setbacks with resilience, perceive obstacles as opportunities, and approach each game with enthusiasm. In 2024, let’s prioritize the cultivation of a positive mindset. While it’s natural to dwell on mistakes and be self-critical, maintaining a positive mindset involves recognizing that every challenge presents an opportunity for growth. By nurturing this optimistic outlook, leaders not only elevate their on-court performance but also develop the mental fortitude to navigate adversity with strength and determination


Leadership begins with listening. Active listening is an essential skill that forms the bedrock of effective communication and understanding. Whether it’s absorbing guidance from a coach, heeding advice from a parent, or connecting with peers on and off the court, the ability to truly listen creates a collaborative and supportive environment. The best leaders are those who can not only articulate their thoughts effectively but also lend an attentive ear, ensuring that every voice is heard and viewpoint valued.

Be Prepared

When you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Showing up adequately prepared is a confidence booster for anyone, and it shows everyone else that you care. A part of being a leader is embracing the habit of preparation—it’s not just about readying oneself for the game, it’s also about being ready to face any future challenges head-on.

Give Extra Effort

You get what you give. Putting in that extra effort isn’t just about breaking a sweat; it’s about breaking through and pushing personal boundaries so we can grow. Forming the habit of giving extra effort not only supports the development of a strong work ethic but also lays the groundwork for consistent achievement. It’s important to note, however, that this habit comes with a caveat: it’s important to be realistic about putting in extra effort to avoid burning out. Everyone experiences off days or even weeks; it’s part of our human nature. How we choose to show up is what enables us to get back up, lace up our shoes, and get back on the court.

In Conclusion

Developing strong habits can help student-leaders transform their lives for the better. Taking the time to invest in personal development may seem difficult at first, but nothing worthwhile is easy. We encourage our student-leaders to start with one habit, allowing their choice of habit to serve as a foundation for further development and growth. In doing so, students will have an easier time overcoming any obstacles in their way and pave the way for sustained success in both their athletic endeavors and personal lives. Do you practice daily habits? Let us know below if you have any additional tips to add and how these habits may have enriched your skills and livelihood.


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