Competitors are Mentally Tough
The mentally tough competitor refuses to allow their spirit to be broken. They will not allow any set of conditions to define their mind set or reactions – not a mistake, not an injury, not a loss, not ten losses in a row. Most competitions include hundreds of mistakes. The real competitor learns quickly to recover from those mistakes faster than their game requires. Each game has its own time frame. Some games only have a few seconds and others require immediate recovery. If you are competing there is no room for excuses, pouting, moodiness, whining, or drama- ever. Grow up or get ready to be beaten. Competitors are always ready for the next play. They understand that mistakes will be made and are prepared for that moment . They consistently follow the step-by-step process of PRP ( PLAY,RECOVER, PLAY). They keep their focus and eagerly await the upcoming play.
Taken from Bruce E. Brown book Compete
Compete Within the Structure of the Team
Every team will have different levels of skill and competitiveness. As a competitor look for and reward the things that every teammate has control over—EFFORT and ATTITUDE. Be an encourager for those players who haven’t reached your competitive level yet. The key is to blend your individual instincts into the team structure. Don’t give up your spirit or fire, but rather, bring the team up to your standards. Understand that some players will never match your desire or will but they will bring something to the team that will help the total success. Don’t get frustrated with people who don’t share your passion but constantly try to increase their level of commitment. Not everyone will have the same level of ability but you are only asking for the best each player has. When you get the best effort from a player with low skill, make sure you demonstrate value. If you want to develop a team culture of great work habits, look for and praise best efforts.
Be unselfish by giving everything you’ve got—one of the most selfish things anyone can do in a team situation is to give less than their best, to not use all your gifts. A player who takes it easy in practice or conditioning is a fake. They are most interested in posing than playing. Every player has to make the decision, “am I in it for myself or am I in it for others?” anyone who chooses themselves over the team is committing a crime against the team’s core values and setting everyone up for FAILURE, weakening the team structure. Try your best to bring people like this up to team standards but until they make that decision, do not depend on them . they are FRAUDS.
The competitor gives one hundred percent, one hundred percent of the time to whatever role they have, A team of selfless competitors has a foundation of PRIDE (shared joy) and TRUST.