How Young Athletes Can Step Up & Succeed When It's All On The Line...

You’ve got to want to take the shot… You’ve got to want to take the risk… Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks knows that more than most… All of the greats go looking for these moments, and they never doubt themselves when they do - they have the belief in themselves and can detach from the outcome. They WANT the ball in the last second…

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Being able to take risks is what gives you the chance to do great things. You’ve got to stay present, and take it play after play, step after step - but still, when the BIG opportunities and moments arise, how do you handle it

Do you shy away and go into your shell…
Do you step up to the proverbial plate, and let the moment overwhelm you...
Do you step up to the plate, and stay focused on the present moment instead of the outcome…

Or, does this type of situation not even phase you?

What you need is experience... What’s needed is the self-belief in these moments… self-belief that is brought about by a positive experience

And experience only comes from stepping up to the plate… the positivity comes from how we view and reframe the experience… it comes from the expectations we set for ourselves

If we expect a great result and don’t get it - we will view it as negative…
If we expect to go and do our best - we will view it as a positive experience…

And in doing this, in expecting to give it our best, whatever that may be - we begin to build what Seattle Seahawks Coach, Pete Carroll, calls a “foundation of trust”...

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Trust in ourselves…
Trust in our teammates…
Trust in knowing that regardless the outcome, it doesn’t truly matter

As there’s truly no “risk” when it’s all on the line… the risk is all simply perceived by you


THE RISK IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD


The pressure and stress needs to be taken off ourselves

And it BEGINS with reframing/viewing these “risk” situations in a different light - seeing them as an opportunity to grow and develop ourselves, not as an opportunity for either success or failure

Then, it’s simply having the discipline to continue being the person who steps up in the moments of risk, cultivating that experience, and not tying ourselves & our identity to the outcome

As if it doesn’t come off, you reflect on why, and you learn from that experience for next time


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Nick Maier