Name me a team, any team, with a one hundred percent win rate.
Name me an elite athlete who has never lost a single game.
Losing is part of playing sports. It is one of the two hardships we face in sports (the other one being injuries).
So in order to become a great player in any sport, a player has to know how to handle these hardships.
With March Madness behind us and Playoffs season in full effect, I thought I’d touch on a vital aspect of becoming a competitive athlete: resilience.
The dictionary gives us the following definition: The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed;elasticity.
And we see an interpretation of this definition a lot, when a player or team lost a game: “Bounce back, come on. You just have to bounce back from it!”
Navy SEAL Eric Greitens touched on the subject of resilience in a recent podcast, where he made a great point: human beings can’t bounce back. If you suffer a loss or go through a tough time in your life, you can never go back in time. You can only move forward.
Mr. Greitens’ definition of resilience is: the virtue of moving through hardship and become better.
Players (and people in general) are resilient if they are able to integrate hardship into their life, learn from it and become better for it.
Here at Freestyle Sports, we value opportunities to learn. And losses are exactly that.
Are YOU resilient?
Play smart, work hard, have fun!