Why Young Athletes & Adolescents Should SEEK Out More Adversity in Their Lives…

What first comes to mind when you hear the word adversity? Is it fear… thoughts of hardship and pain… is it something that makes you want to hide under the covers, or turn away and run… Yes? Well, that’s not too surprising, as it’s the reaction of 95% of the population… But herein lies the problem, adversity isn’t negative, it’s not something to fear… it’s something to chase and seek out more of – here’s why…

Are you one of the few people who hold the belief that you want things to be hard… that wants to take the path less travelled… Yes? Then great, you’re already on the right path… as you’re on the path to continual growth in life

See, adversity brings growth. Hardships and pain come along when we’re ready to level up in life – it’s a natural component that we must all face…

The tree’s face the storm so that their roots dig deeper to give them a more solid foundation… to grow thicker to withstand it all

And the same is true for us…

There’s a reason that physical training helps the body to grow… we’re placing it under stress, under pressure, and placing it in situations where hardships and pain will come about

It’s this stimulus that athletes chase… As it’s this stimulus that makes their skills better… it’s this stimulus that pushes them to new levels and grander heights

And so, the question becomes, why don’t we seek adversity in life… why don’t we seek out the challenges, and throw ourselves into them in an order to grow and develop ourselves…

Not in a crazy way, but in a calculated manner…

We should seek adversity like a man who’s head is on fire seeks water…

But Coach, won’t this bring along pain, frustration, and overwhelm? Yes, yes it will – but this is great…

As just like shifting our perspective of adversity, we too need to shift our perspective of frustration and overwhelm to positive ones… and shine a light on them for what they truly are

Frustration means you’re about to have a breakthrough… it means you’re 1m from finally hitting that gold you’ve been digging for… it means you’re trying and giving your all to figure this thing out… and when you meet frustration with grit and determination, you reach your goal…

Overwhelm means you’re about to learn something new… it means your brain is trying to process so many new concepts and figure them all out… it’s trying to step up to that new level, and think integratively… taking old idea’s and matching them together to form a new one… meet overwhelm with this viewpoint and with patience, and you’ll soon learn what it is you’re trying to learn

get comfortable being uncomfortable

As it’s in this “discomfort” that you’ll develop yourself, that you’ll grow, and that you’ll begin working toward becoming the athlete and the person that you aspire to become…

So, what small adversity can you seek out? Can you push harder in your training… can you try to tackle that maths problem that you keep putting off… can you seek out an opportunity to do more public speaking so that you become more comfortable in that uncomfrotable environment…

Nick Maier