Teaching Sports Kids to Embrace Failure
We just read a great Huffington Post blog-actually, a rant–called “7 Reasons Why You Will Never Do Anything Amazing With Your Life,” about the importance of embracing failure and taking risks.
In youth sports, these traits are critical. And it’s true, young athletes won’t be amazing unless they understand how to take risks and embrace failure.
In the blog, the author, Raymmar Tirado, named seven things that hold people back. And they all apply to young athletes. They’re all about being too tentative, worrying about what others think of them, and being afraid of failure. He also throws in some ideas about the importance of being curious.
In his blog, Tirado rants about the importance of failing. He says that people who are afraid of failing feel comfortable being mediocre, choose not to try, or think everything is too hard or complicated.
“Because as I fail, I learn, and then adjust my course to make sure my path is always forward.”
This is also true of young athletes. They need to look at failure as opportunities to learn. If your young athlete loses a game, they should not pound on themselves and shrink back in fear. They need to figure out how to improve and go for it.
In his blog, he advises people to stop worrying about what others think of them. While his writing may be a little over the top for young athletes, his message is loud and clear. Step up and be fearless!
“Because I will recklessly abandon all insecurities and expose my true self to the world. I will become immune to the impact of your opinion and stand naked in a crowd of ideas; comfortable in knowing that while you married the mundane I explored the exceptional.”
Of course, it’s easy for us to tell you that your young athletes need to be fearless risk-takers and they need to stop being afraid of failure. Truth is, it’s not that easy to change how young athletes think. That’s why we offer a program, “Helping Young Athletes Kick Perfectionism and Fear of Failure.”
In the program, we teach parents how to help young athletes feel more confident, perform more intuitively and kick their fear of failure. It’s a 7-day program, complete with CD and workbook for kids-and a separate CD and workbook for parents.
Check it out here to help your young athlete embrace failure and learn from it!
What do sports parents say about our resources?
“We really enjoy your emails and are grateful that we found yourwebsite. It is so needed. There really isn’t much out there to guide the parent. Thank you for your work. And yes, we have passed on your website to numerous parents.”
~Debbie and Peter C.
Help your young athletes learn how to be fearless and enjoy sports more!
P.S. If you want your young athlete to reap all the benefits of being confident, fearless, risk takers, check out our program here: Helping Young Athletes Kick Perfectionism
Help Young Athletes Overcome Perfectionist Challenges in Sports!
Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma: Helping Young Athletes Kick Perfectionism And Fear of Failure will walk you through the problem and arm you with practical solutions.
The Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma is a two part program. It includes:
- A 23 page E-book that identifies the challenge, explains why it is harmful to young athletes and gives step-by-stop sports psychology tips for helping kids.
- A 21 page kids’ sports psychology workbook that is intended to help you kids identify beliefs and expectations that are the root of perfectionism.
Now you can learn how to help young athletes overcome the difficult cycle of perfectionism, fear of failure and loss of confidence!
What are parents saying?
“Your Information Had Been So Helpful”
“After listening to a couple of your podcasts and reading your “10 tips to confidence in youth sports,” most of the challenges you make note of apply to my 14-year-old son. He’s got all the physical ability, but the more mistakes he makes, the worse it seems to get. So reading and listening to your information has been so helpful and validates what I have observed in him for the past few months. Thank you so much!”
~Brenda Felder, Everett, WA
Help Your Young Athletes Overcome Self-Doubt In Sports!
The Confident Sports Kid helps young athletes improve confidence quickly and overcome common confidence killers that destroy motivation and fun in sports!
This is a 7-day program for sports parents and kids to boost young athletes’ performance, happiness and success… in sports and life!
The Confident Sports Kid program is actually two programs: one that teaches sports parents how to boost their kids’ confidence, and another that teaches young athletes age 8 to 12 how to improve their self talk, avoid negative thinking, overcome expectations that limit confidence, and much more.
What are parents and coaches saying?
“Each Race He Was More Calm, Composed, And Relaxed”
“I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful programs. My son Kai was one of the fastest 10 and under swimmers in Southern California and after he “aged up” to the 11-12 group he really lost confidence swimming against the much faster and bigger boys. He started with the Confident Sports Kids series and really enjoyed each and every lesson. He then started the Composed Kid series and built on the important building blocks that he was using from the first series. I so happy to report that Kai was able to swim to best times in each and every event he swam at the biggest and most important meet of the year in So Cal, the Club Championships. Each race he was more calm, composed, and relaxed. The final race was one that he was ranked last and one of his goals was to try for top 16…he was 49th! He cut over 4 seconds off his time ending up in 17th. He was ecstatic to say the least.”