A great athlete never wishes for ease or comfort or an unchallenged triumph. Rather, a great athlete exists for impossible odds and overwhelming obstacles and formidable opponents. A great athlete craves the best competition and the highest stakes played on the biggest stage. A great athlete rises to the challenge, secure in the knowledge that his best is sufficient, whether that is reflected on the scoreboard (the most likely scenario) or not (an unlikely occurrence although upsets happen).
The greatest challenge, indeed the only challenge that really matters, is you versus your potential. Each game or contest or drill or practice is the showcase for you to compel yourself to display every ounce of your maximal talent during every possible moment. What is possible? Only you can provide that assessment, and an honest answer is only possible if you pursue this personal challenge during every waking moment. Challenge yourself to be your best!