Something everyone should experience in their lifetime is failure. I am not saying that I want
everyone to fail, but I am saying that failure is necessary. Personally I have fallen short many
times whether that be in sports, school or work. When I was younger I would have let failure eat
me alive, but now I use defeat as a learning tool.
I have been working with kids for a long time and one thing I love to observe is how a student
handles themselves when they lose. I do not put kids in situations where I want them to lose,
but when playing a sport or taking a test there’s a chance that they might lose or fail. Depending
on the age and person reactions are always different. With younger kids (ages 4-8) I typically
see crying and visible frustration. With the older students (9-14), there is definitely some
frustration, but they are more controlled in their reactions. They also do a better job of bouncing
back. Not all, but most. That is what I want people to learn at a young age through sports and
training, so they know how to handle failure in the future.
Here are some helpful tools
– Keep your emotions in check. Don’t overreact. Sometimes we might react on emotion, and
when that happens we can become irrational.
– Figure out what mistakes you made. If you can recognize where you went wrong you can
– Self talk. If there is another opportunity for you to be successful, talk yourself through the
situation to give yourself some motivation. Example: “you got this”, “you can do it”.
– Have a growth mindset. Tell yourself, ok I didn’t get this time, but next time I will do better.
– Don’t take yourself too seriously. We all make mistakes and just because plan A didn't work
out, plan B might be the opportunity to get you to where you need to go.