As parents we hate it when our kids fail.
That would be fine if we ended it right there, but…Oh yes, that legendary use of the word “BUT.”
Sadly, most parents don’t!
Most Coaches don’t either!
We don’t let our kids fail, yet we expect them to be perfect.
Every time we exaggerate that short period our son strikes out or gives up the winning hit we nibble away at something much larger. Their determination. Their motivation to play this game. As much as they need this inner resolve to become a better athlete, it is our job to help them see the need to keep trying, to get back up and want to improve…the “will” to become the best.
Vince Lombardi said, “The difference between successful people and others is not lack of strength, not lack of knowledge, but rather in lack of will.”
I challenge everyone who is involved in a young athlete’s progression to understand the true meaning of failure and how it benefits success. Instead of focusing on what they did wrong, help them seek the knowledge on what they can do to improve!
Help them establish the will to get up…and get back in The Race.
Until next blog,