One of the toughest and most important things I've learned from sport is that failing happens WAY WAY WAY more than succeeding. Placing 2nd in a tournament or consistently ending up in the top 10 means that you have consistently lost matches to take your team out of a tournament. Only one team gets to finish 1st and half the time, even that team has to come through the contender's bracket, meaning they too have lost.
It's not that I go into tournaments expecting I'm going to fail....
But I've learned that going into a tournament means that I am going to make mistakes.
That I am going to need to accept those mistakes and be able to learn from those errors in order to make the next play better.
That just because I lost one small battle that cost me a point in a game doesn't mean that I'm going to lose the match.
And being behind just means that I need to work harder to come out ahead.
These lessons are some of the toughest to grasp but they have been the greatest gift I could have been given from my sport.
Because of volleyball, this mentality has been ingrained into the core of who I am. It has transferred to my every day life and every day decisions. I have learned how to pick myself up, accept responsibility for my mistakes and then take the necessary steps to improve. I have learned to accept that in sport and in life, I am FAR from perfect and I will NEVER be perfect. And for as long as I live, I will continue to make mistakes by choosing to live my life outside of my comfort zone because of my desire to be better. I will choose to accept the challenge to improve by facing failures because I know and believe that this is the only way to become my best, both in life and in sport.
It's the start of a new week, soon to be a new month, and almost a new year.
I encourage everyone to be brave....
To accept challenges
Make big decisions
Be willing to have small failures
and to live with this mind-set:
"Mistakes and failures are not actually failures until you give up. "
It's the greatest thing you can do for yourself.