“ HOW DO ATHLETES HANDLE FAILURE?”
No athlete becomes great overnight. Every athlete goes through successes and failures throughout their quest of becoming a champion. Failure is difficult because no one wants to talk about it. It hurts, it’s hard and most importantly it reminds every athlete of the painful reality, coming up short of their goals, dreams and yes, the most immediate defeat. Whether the failure occurs in the classroom on a test or on the field, dropping the winning touchdown pass, the champion athlete must have a strategy, a plan and or approach to defeat failure. Today’s focus will provide “7” key insightful points on how athletes can deal with failure and conquer it on and off the field.
To promote these “7” key insightful points the champion plan is hidden in the true essence of the word F.A.I.L.U.R.E.:
The F stands for Facing the loss or defeat….
The A stands for Acknowledging your competitor with a positive Attitude…..
The I stands for Initiative to decide to take corrective action and Ignore negative thoughts….
The L stands for Listening to constructive coaching to improve future performance….
The U stands for Understand that this defeat is definitely important but is short term….
The R stands for Responding with Respect to think 1st, then act…..
The E stands for Eyes on the prize and Enthusiasm
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
– Joe Paterno
“7” Insightful Points Creed:
“Failure is a part of life. I must decide to have a positive attitude, create initiative to improve my performance and ignore negative thoughts. Listening is the foundation to learn and understand life is unpredictable—full of ups and downs. As a result, I must respond with respect and simply think first, then take action. This allows me to to keep my eyes on the prize of being a champion athlete and being excited about all new experiences with a clear mind. These “7” insightful points prepare me for the realities of the sport and in life”
As you can see, F.A.I.L.U.R.E is a masterful teacher, a silent motivator and most all, a great reminder that all athletes will have setbacks and in light of those setbacks, still have the courage to pursue excellence in becoming a champion on and off the field. Therefore, I challenge all athletes to look FAILURE straight in the face and say,” I HAVE THE PLAN, I HAVE THE SYSTEM TO NOT ONLY HANDLE FAILURE BUT TO CONQUER IT!!!
“God Bless & Keep Living Like A Champion”