Monthly Archives: September 2015

Adversity Helps Us Believe

challenges aheadPhil Niemela shares his views on adversity.

Every great person, every successful person, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.        W. Clement Stone

One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity. –Nick Saban

When I think back to all the mistakes and failures I’ve had in pursuit of a goal, I can usually see that those setbacks and the accompanying feelings served a purpose. To me, adversity’s purpose is to strengthen our desire, and give us an indication that our focus can be sharpened and our commitment can be strengthened. When we face adversity while pursuing something we truly desire and we see it as an indicator, we can then create a stronger desire to be more deliberate about our practice and preparation. That practice and preparation then leads to more belief in our ability to attain our goal. Without adversity we would have no idea when to sharpen our focus and strengthen our commitment. When adversity is perceived positively it can increase our ability to believe in the attainment of our goal.
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100 Words: Stumbling at Sunrise

stumbling giraffePhil Imholte’s 100 Words (or less) on all things sport psychology.

Like the newborn giraffe that stumbles at sunrise, believe you can walk swiftly by sunset. Undoubtedly, some calves are gifted with smoother terrain than others. Yet those who navigate the stormiest of paths are satisfied most by the stream. Seek and give compliments on effort, not natural ability. Talent is incrementally learned and earned. You will be hard-pressed to find one of your fluencies in which you have not invested great toil. The giraffe tracks her progress with hoof prints in the sand. Today, start (or continue) tracking the essentials of your own growth. Leave tracking the missteps to others.
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