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It's that time of year again.  Softball tryouts are taking place across the country and with them many aspiring players are experiencing serious anxieties.  It’s perfectly normal, but can be debilitating and lead to markedly underperforming.  Tryouts would not be a good time for this. 

Read more: Softball Tryouts (Sigh)

Eric Thomas - The Secret To Success

As parents you may not know who Eric Thomas is, but a couple years ago you likely heard his voice in a video that went viral.  It was titled, How Bad Do You Want It?  I recently read his book, The Secret To Success, at the request of my daughter who was reading it at college.  She's a big fan and he is going to be on campus to give a speech to the all of the athletes shortly.  

I've read a lot of these types of books over the years and although his message was familiar, I can see how he gets through to the younger generations.  I did enjoy the book.  It was an easy quick read.  He grew up in Detroit, was homeless for awhile and overcame many obstacles in his life including the worst kinds of peer pressure and bad influences you can imagine before achieving success.  One of my favorite quotes from his book is:

Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you.

Read more: Eric Thomas - The Secret To Success

The game between San Francisco & Seattle was a great game for football fans.  Both teams battled leaving it all on the field.  The winning play was made with San Francisco throwing the ball into the end zone on 4th down and virtually no time left. The pass was knocked down by Seattle's defensive back Richard Sherman on a truly spectacular play, which would ensure victory and a trip for the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

That clip probably made millions of instant Denver fans who will be rooting for Sherman and the Seahawks to lose.

After time expired there were players and members of the media all over the field as the Seahawks & home team fans celebrated victory and a trip to the Super Bowl.  Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews found the game's hero Sherman for a post game interview.  If you haven't seen it, you should watch the brief clip below.

Read more: Can You Control Your Emotions?

There is a glaring example these days in the NFL of how NOT to be a team player.  His name is Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys.  The Cowboys management recently attempted to explain away his behavior, "He's a fierce competitor, but his emotions got the best of him before the end of the game Sunday night against the Packers – forcing him to abandon his teammates on the sidelines and leave the game with minutes to spare."  

Prima Donna's like him are cancerous to their teams.

Read more: Not a Team Player

A Common Plight

Doubt Your LimitsA frequent occurrence young athlete’s encounter is when obstacles get in the way of their goals and dreams.  They fail to overcome the obstacle and experience a setback, which seemingly pushes them further from their goal.  That’s when a steady dose of self-doubt takes over their mindset crushing their spirit and confidence.

An example might be the softball player who swings at a couple bad pitches striking out her in her first plate appearance.  She heads out to center field, the bases loaded and two outs, a ball is hit to hard right at her on the ground, she charges it, but it takes a bad hop and rolls all the way to the fence.  All runners score.  She throws the ball to the cut-off, but over her head and the hitter scores on the error.  And just like that her team is losing 4-0 and she convinces herself that it’s all her fault.

During the remainder of the game not a single ball is hit to her, she walks but is stranded, pops out to short stop with the winning run on third base and despite a valiant comeback, her team loses 4-3.  She sits the bench in the second game of the double-header, but gets a chance to pinch hit in the bottom of the 7th inning only to strike out looking on a questionable call by the umpire.  Game over.  Another loss and quiet bus ride home.

After all, what if she gives it her all only to play poorly again?

Read more: Overcoming Obstacles, Setbacks & Self-Doubt

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