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Jack Perconte

Dealing with Athletes Who Do Not Enjoy It

So many athletes are very (too) hard on themselves. That is not all bad because it pushes them to work. But as Chicago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, famously said, "“Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.”
Therein lies the problem - many athletes are so intent on doing well, they forget, or just do not enjoy the process that is sports.
Sports coaches must consistently remind them to celebrate the good as much or more than ruing the bad.
Some lines (from famous minds) I try with the players who fail to enjoy the good things they do:
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
General George Patton
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."
Henry Ford
“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” Lou Holtz
Often athletes get concerned with having to do everything right, statistics and results. When they come to the realization that they can only control their mental and physical preparation, they relax more, their performance begins to improve and they enjoy the game more.