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There’s a common misconception that the best cheerleader in the squad is naturally gifted and perfect. The best cheerleader doesn’t need to practice and nobody will ever be as good.

Well, that just isn’t the case. While there are some natural talents that play a part, any member of the squad can become the best. Here’s a look at the skills you need to become that best cheerleader and make everyone else jealous.

It’s All About the Hard Work

Let’s first focus on the hard work that’s needed to be the best cheerleader on the squad. Natural talent is nothing if that talent isn’t nurtured, and that really does take hard work and determination. It requires hours of practice to perfect each move and build strength and skill.

Nobody will get the moves perfect the first time round. No cheerleader is superhuman. We all make mistakes and it’s up to us individually to get better. If you don’t have the determination or motivation to put in the work, then you won’t get better.

The best cheerleaders can practice for hours at night. They will be in the gym to learn new tumbles and perfect the ones they can already do. Even the tumbles they have been doing from a young age will be repeated over and over again to make sure each tumble links together and the skills don’t get rusty.

You Need a Positive Mental Attitude

Those who think negatively will find it much harder to push forward with their skills. They will constantly make mistakes and won’t be the best of the best.

Those cheerleaders who look perfect will have a positive mental attitude. People with positive attitudes will always find ways to achieve their goals. They push themselves forward and out of their comfort zones, knowing that the hard work (there’s that word again) will pay off in the end.

Instead of focusing on the bad, they learn and adapt. And this brings us onto the next skill you need.

You’ll Need to Learn from Your Mistakes

The best cheerleaders have made plenty of mistakes. It’s taken them determination to perfect their tumbles and moves. They didn’t just try a tumble one night and get it right the first time.

When they have made a mistake, they’ve gone back to the drawing board. These “perfect” cheerleaders work through the moves slowly to see where the mistakes happen. Many will film themselves and then watch the routines back to see where they can improve. They’ll have coaches to help spot the tiniest of mistakes that can throw a whole routine off.

Those who learn from mistakes don’t just learn for that routine. They’ll remember past mistakes to avoid making similar mistakes in future routines or bigger tumbles.

It’s About Working as a Team

Finally, the best cheerleaders know that it’s not all about them. They’re not the star of the show. Cheerleading is about the team, and it’s about working together as that team.

Working as a team brings its own complications. There are some members with lesser skills and those who aren’t willing to put in the hard work. The best cheerleaders will work around these needs, expectations, and attitudes. They focus on a positive mindset to make sure the whole team progresses and achieves goals.

If you want to be the best cheerleader on the squad, it’s time to take action. The best ones you know haven’t had it all handed to them. They work hard and put the hours into training. It’s time for you to do the same.

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