I’m not ashamed to admit that I am as competitive as anyone you’ll ever meet. When I look back at my childhood, I can’t recall a time when winning was not important me. I was definitely born with a competitive streak. Whether I was playing tic-tac-toe or competing under the bright lights, I always wanted to win.
Fortunately, the early competitiveness that drove me as a young athlete hasn’t faded one bit. I’m just as competitive as a coach as I was as an athlete. The only difference is that I’ve matured and grown wiser. I still want my athletes to go out and win, but I’m also cognizant of the fact that plenty can be learned from a loss. That only happens if the loss does not kill the athlete’s confidence however.
Learn From Losing
As I discussed recently, confidence is incredibly important to an athlete’s performance. If the athlete does not believe in himself, he will never realize his full potential. Therefore, it’s obviously critical that coaches take the time to not just build their athletes physically, but also mentally.
In my last video, I discussed a few strategies that coaches can implement to boost confidence in their athletes. Below is a follow up to that video. In the follow up, I share a few suggestions for coaches to consider after an athlete suffers a loss.
As a coach, I naturally want my athletes to learn from a loss. It’s just important that the learning experience does not come at the expense of confidence. Fortunately, I’ve been successful at minimizing the damage of a loss by following the simple steps outlined in the video above.
Hopefully there are fellow athletes and coaches who can benefit from the advice.
“Learn from your mistakes, make adjustments, and go out and compete again. That’s the mark of that championship spirit.” – Randy Couture