Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Pity Party? Not a Chance!!!
So let’s just say you had a horrible game. The first thing we must address is what exactly constitutes a poor performance? If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a million times and we are here to tell you that a good game on paper is not always a good game in reality. Maybe the box score says you were 2-4 but the truth is that you struggled with every single at bat and lucked out with a duck snort and a swinging bunt. Or, we’ve all seen the player that threw up prayer shots all game and happened to wind up with 15 pts. Let us be clear that these games are not a success. They create patterns of bad habits. So now what? Throw yourself a pity party? Not a chance!!!
Next you must identify the contributing factors to your poor performance. Maybe it was lack of preparation, concentration, commitment, not practicing like you want to play, or all of the above. Sometimes you may not know what you’ve done wrong and in those instances, ask around. It’s okay to ask your coaches, teammates or family for help!
Helllllooooo-ho! The fact is that we can’t be perfect all the time. The best part about those not so glamorous moments is that they leave us with a choice. Having a choice means that you can:
A) Learn from your mistake(s) and move on.
B) Continue on the downward spiral of denial.
Denial and self doubt are seriously detrimental to your future performance. In order to use your potential to its fullest, you must continue to challenge yourself to be the best that you can be. Part of being the best you can be, is learning from your mistakes…and never repeating the same mistake twice. Once you get back in the groove of things your confidence will improve and confidence is key to success! In closing we’ll leave you with this little line:
“Potential doesn’t mean s#%@ unless you use it.”
-quote provided by GA on behalf of anonymous