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
Last week, I talked about two words, “have fun,” that can help your skater (or any athlete) before a competition performance. I also like to use the words “have fun” before other skaters go onto the ice for their competition performances. There are three words, though, that are even more important for your own skater. Those three words are “I love you.” I can’t think of anything more important before a competition than for your skater to know he or she is loved unconditionally, regardless of what happens in
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.
Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack with David Casstevens 240 pp McGraw-Hill A book that probably every competitive athlete would benefit by reading is Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack with David Casstevens. As a sports psychology consultant who has worked with professional athletes in every major sport, Gary Mack understands the mental side of competition. He provides many quotes, anecdotes, and lessons to help athletes in any sport get a better understanding of how to use the mind to their advantage. It’s
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten By Robert Fulghum Most of what I really need To know about how to live And what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top Of the graduate school mountain, But there in the sandpile at Sunday school. These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re
Guest Post by Will Chitwood. San Diego skating coach Will Chitwood writes about an important topic for both skaters and parents in this guest post called “How to Get the Most out of a Skating Competition.” Competitions are great opportunities to develop skating abilities and gain experience. Having a goal such as a competition to work toward helps strengthen your focus and motivates you to master the elements at your level. Following are my 3 top tips for getting the most out of a skating competition. 1. Learn from