Dr. Alan Goldberg has some great thoughts on finding importance in sports.
“Winning is NOT what is really important.
Being “better”/ranked higher is NOT what’s really important.
Being the starter or team star is NOT what’s really important.
What IS REALLY important is WHO you are and HOW you are in the process of the competition. That is,
Being a TEAM PLAYER,
LIFTING the level of your teammates’ play
Being HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY,
Pursuing EXCELLENCE and WORKING HARD in everything you do,
Being a LEADER, regardless of whether you are the captain or not,
Meeting both VICTORY & DEFEAT with dignity and grace,
Being a great ROLE MODEL,
Interacting with all others with RESPECT,
This is what is REALLY IMPORTANT in sports!”
It’s easy to get caught up in the results of a practice, a tournament, a season — we can get fixated on a goal or achievement that may not ever be reached. This quote is a great reminder that training for ultimate is a process that we can always be learning from. WHAT we practice can carry the same weight as HOW we practice. Our mental perspective on training, games and seasons can help us set diverse goals, and develop our sportsmanship, integrity and dedication as we’re becoming better players.
What are some of your experiences working to improve these mental skills? How have you worked to be a role model, to lift the level of your teammates’ play? Where do you find this importance in your ultimate life?
Let us know in the comments below.