August 9, 2012

Adjust Your Attitude — Think Like an Olympian for Better Football Performance

Although our SportsEddy youth football camp season for summer 2012 has come to an end, the world of sports marches on. We've been avidly enjoying the London Olympics, and particularly admiring the spirit of the amazing athletes on the US Olympic team. Whether they win or lose, get silver or gold, when interviewed they are always gracious, grateful, and honest about their feelings -- even if that feeling is major disappointment.

Of course, attitude is as important as training when it comes to becoming an elite athlete. It is one of the life lessons stressed at every SportsEddy football camp. The right attitude, along with the right training, can take you from your high school football team straight into the college of your choice, or perhaps even the NFL. No, it can't make you into a great player if you don't have the talent, but it can make up for a lot!

After all, if you give up, doubt yourself, or let setbacks define your experience in your favorite sport -- you will never be able to go as far as if your attitude is olympian!

Here are some fantastic quotes from Olympic athletes, past and present, showcasing their indomitable spirit:

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
- Pierre de Coubertin (Pierre was the main man responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894)

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”                                                                                                                                                                            - Michael Phelps (most decorated Olympian of ALL TIME, with 21 medals!!)

"I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself."
- Jesse Owens (Winner of four gold medals in track and field, 1936 Berlin Olympics)

"It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication."
- Herb Elliott (Australian middle-distance Runner)

Are you inspired by the London Olympics? How about Oscar Pistorius, aka the Blade Runner? That guy is simply inspiration in motion.  Born without fibulas, both legs were amputated below the knee before he was one year old. Pistorius became the first double leg amputee ever to participate in the Olympics (for South Africa) when he entered the men's 400 metres race on August 4th. It required a special ruling by the International Olympic Committee to allow him to compete.

Here are some Oscar - isms:

“People ask why I want to run in the Olympics, what am I trying to prove. Well, I just want to prove to myself that I am the best I can be."

Check out this great interview with Oscar:

http://youtu.be/5aGSHKaiWb4

How's your attitude towards your football training, your coaches, your chances, your teammates? Do you need an attitude adjustment?

 

 

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