Top athletes have learned from experience what it takes to succeed in sports. While their quotes are great as sports quotes, I find them equally valuable for success in life. Following are some of the best quotes from athletes. There are even some quotes about what’s more important than external success. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
It’s not too late to make a back-to-school resolution. Even though I’m not a coach, I’ve followed Positive Coaching Alliance for quite awhile now. I love the site for its positive orientation and great slogan: “Transforming Youth Sports So Sports Can Transform Youth.” Positive Coaching Alliance has great tips and tools for coaches, sports parents, athletes, and youth sports leaders. In the September 8 Positive Coaching Alliance Connector newsletter, there was an interesting article called “What Is Your Back-to-School Resolution?” In the article, David Jacobson says: Reading advance copy from Jim Thompson’s upcoming book for
For families with athletes, it’s easy for sports to become a primary focus. I think involvement in sports is wonderful. Figure skating was obviously a huge part of my family’s life. Yet, it’s important to remember the words from the movie Coach Carter: These…are student athletes. “Student” comes first. As much as athletes would like to compete in the Olympics and be at the top of their sport, that may or may not happen. Injuries could stop or hinder an athletic career – or the highest level of success
It’s often said that competitions are harder on parents than on the athletes competing. That’s true in too many ways. But competitions can be made easier for everyone, thanks to gratitude. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” -Jean Baptiste Massieu I’ve talked about gratitude and the Gratitude Community before. I truly believe that gratitude is a key to happily surviving your child’s competitions, regardless of the outcomes. Rather than worrying about the competition outcome, adding to my list of 1000 gifts throughout a skating competition is one of the best
Over the years, my husband and I came to realize the importance of two words before any competition performance (or any performance, for that matter). The words work for your own athletes and are a good thing to say to anyone right before their performance. Those two words are Have fun! I remember reading in a book a number of years ago that athletes perform best if they don’t think too much and just stay out of their heads. After all their training, muscular memory will take over anyway.
If you’ve been following my posts, you’ve probably noticed I love inspirational quotes. For good reason, inspirational quotes are a popular tool for athletes. Here’s a simple but inspiring video with quotes set to music from one of my favorite songs: “Imagine” by John Lennon.
It’s the start of a new Winter Olympic cycle, and athletes of all ages are renewing their Olympic dreams. But how many athletes actually win the Olympics? Is it alright for your child to have such dreams even if they don’t come true? I think the Olympic-dream question could be answered with Randy Pausch’s words: “Dream big. Dream without fear.” Pausch, who was a computer-science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an award-winning teacher and researcher, would seem an unlikely choice to answer a question about having Olympic dreams.
Record-setting college basketball coach John Wooden is an inspiring teacher for many athletes. A famous quote of his is: Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. One of the very best examples of someone who lives John Wooden’s words isn’t known as an athlete. Nick Vujicic, though, is inspiring for athletes and everyone else. I get more out of that video every time I watch it. I love Nick Vujicic’s celebration of life, attitude of gratitude, emphasis on strength rather than limitations, and