If I couldn’t motivate my gymnasts or staff, what was I doing? Since then I have refined my thinking and I see the wisdom in his statement. It’s true I cannot motivate anyone, and neither can you. Motivation does exist, but its only produced and utilized by an individual for themselves.
Sports training teaches kids to set goals and work toward achieving them. When we can teach a child to work hard, be disciplined enough, to commit to a task or a position, and to always work to be better; then we have set them up for sure success.
Keep in mind that you are the one that defines success. So, making the comparison to someone else’s concept will never get you there. The investment of your time, your mind, and your own work will always payout. After all, if they did it, and they’re not so special, then so can you; on your terms, in your way, in your time.
Here is a guest post from a friend, Elizabeth Petty, who has years of background in sleep science and has a website “Mattress Advisor” that helps people understand the importance of sleep and recovery and assists in informing people about sleep products that can make for a more restful and productive night.
Success can be measured in many ways. Winning in competition, bringing home a trophy, or qualifying for a championship can all be rewarding. However, they are not the most important way to measure success.
What kind of feedback would you like from someone whose opinion means a lot to you? Sure we would like our bosses to come across with more cash, but that’s not always what we “need”.
I believe that everything I have in my life is because my big brother Harold introduced me to gymnastics. I went to college, started coaching, started a business, grew a nationally competitive team, built a top-notch staff, met a great woman and had great children: all because of gymnastics.
This weekend is the state meet for our Level 7-10 gymnasts. For some it it is the meet before the Regional Championship, and for some it is end of a season. Still for others it is the end of a career. This year we say good-bye to 4 seniors (one of which will compete in college) and one long term term member who is hanging up her leotard.
I feel that children need to experience a few bumps in the road. Without them the child doesn’t develop any ability to self-regulate or cope. Much like the absence of gravity and how it causes the loss of muscle in astronauts; the lack of challenge can make children weak. It certainly doesn’t prepare them for adult life.
Sometimes it’s good to be afraid. Fear is an instinct that rears up when we perceive danger. There are some instances when being afraid can keep us alive. “Hey, go wrestle that alligator.” “No thank you, that scares me.” When we perceive danger, Adrenalin is released, our heart rate increase, or senses are on edge,