This is a tough time of year for a lot of players and a lot of teams – losses, sickness, and injuries often start to take their toll and coaches are constantly preaching resiliency, which is has been defined as the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more successful than before.
In the August 2012 issue of Success magazine, brain expert Daniel Amen offers 5 steps to developing resiliency:
- Claim personal control. Stop blaming other people for how things are turning out
- Nuture your relationships because you become like the people you spend time with
- Focus on what you like about your life more than what you don’t like
- Be goal oriented but remaiin flexible to change
- Counter the negative thoughts that can flood your brain
The teams that can overcome adversity and develop a resilient attitude this time of year are often the teams that will still be standing come playoff time.
If your team hasn’t hit a rough spot yet, don’t worry – it will! How you handle it both individually and collectively might be the difference between a good season and a great season!