Success is Peace of Mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.
- John Wooden
If you were one of the many Americans watching the Women’s National team make a run toward the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final you may be somewhat disappointed. However, if you look at the accomplishments of the team, you’ll understand why you shouldn’t be.
Team USA Accomplishments
- Hope Solo went 1,054 minutes without allowing a goal.
- Team USA only lost 3 matches in 2011 – Four Nations Tournament, International Friendly and to Sweden in the Women’s World Cup.
- Made it to the World Cup Final defeating Brazil. Undoubtedly a top contender.
So in all honesty, what’s there to be disappointed about? The women’s world soccer program was rejuvenated by the 2011 World Cup because of the performance of the US Women.
I know people don’t like to lose, but sometimes you have to look at the entire result of a game, meet or match. Did you do more than you ever thought you could? Did you improve upon previous attempts? Did you team come together in a time of struggle?
These things are more important than winning. While it can help boost a team’s morale by winning the big game, it’s your job as a parent, coach or friend to make the team realize that they did a hell of a job even without the “W”.
So how do you manage to overcome disappointment? Are you irritated when you lose or are you pleased to just be given the chance? Share your thoughts, I’m listening.