Mary Jo, sent me an article recently on how soldiers train to be Navy SEAL’s. While I don’t profess to know anything about military training the article pointed out many things that all of us can do when faced with challenges.
The author points out eight secrets of how to prepare of obstacles we face. As a coach and former player I believe these all to be true and can help our young Athletes become more confident, improve their skills and prepare themselves for the rigors of practice and games.
- Purpose and meaning. It’s easier to be persistent when what we’re doing is tied to something personally meaningful. (being on a TEAM and how important it is to work together)
- Make it a game. It’s the best way to stay in a competitive mindset without stressing yourself out. (challenge yourself every day)
- Be confident — but realistic. See the challenges honestly but believe in your own ability to take them on. (understand your abilities)
- Prepare, prepare, prepare. Grit comes a lot easier when you’ve done the work to make sure you’re ready. (Constantly practice and improve your craft..In the Classroom and on the field)
- Focus on improvement. Every SEAL mission ends with a debrief focusing on what went wrong so they can improve. (watch video and take constructive criticism)
- Give help and get help. Support from others helps keep you going, and giving others support does the same. (be a great teammate)
- Celebrate small wins. You can’t wait to catch the big fish. Take joy where you can find it when good times are scarce. (how many ground balls can I get, did all my shots go on cage, did I sub through the box correctly)
- Find a way to laugh. Rangers, SEALs, and scientists agree: a chuckle can help you cope with stress and keep you going. (We play to have fun…period end of story)
Real grit and resilience pays dividends long after the challenges are over. They build bonds that last a lifetime.
Link to the full article http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/01/grit/
See ya on the field!