"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life-and that is why I succeed."
Michael Jordan, winner of six NBA Championships.
- Far too many athletes are afraid to make mistakes and fail. They mistakenly believe that the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to them is to lose or mess up. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!!! To go as far as you possibly can in your sport you have to be willing to take risks. You have to be willing to put it all on the line. You have to be willing to go for it. Do you know what this means? If you truly put it all on the line, there will be many, many times when you come up short, when you fall flat on your face. This is a natural part of sports and life. When you go out on a limb, that sucker will sometimes break on you and you will go tumbling down on your butt! However, understand the secret that Michael Jordan and other great athletes have known for years: Without failure, you can NEVER be a success. Failure is important to you taking your game to the next level because failure provides you with valuable feedback on what you did wrong and therefore what you need to do differently next time. Without that feedback, you can never really improve. Without that feedback you can’t become great! Failure is NOT an indication that you are less of an athlete. Failure should NEVER be used as evidence that you’re inadequate. Failure should never be a stick that you beat yourself up with. Instead, failure is simply feedback and FEEDBACK IS THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS! Remember, if you’re worried about or afraid to fail, then you won’t take risks. Without taking risks, you’ll never have an opportunity to stand out. Failure should always make you CURIOUS, rather than FURIOUS. Do NOT get upset with yourself when you lose or fail. Getting angry with yourself will not help you get better in any way. It will only de-motivate you and make you feel terrible.