On Being Tenacious
There are so many flippant phrases sometimes well-being teachers and coaches throw at us:
Practice Makes Perfect is not true. If you are practicing the wrong way, all you are doing is more deeply ingraining your ineptitude.
Neither is No Pain. No Gain. Experiencing pain means that you are doing some form of the exercise WRONG. The correct expression would be No Soreness. No Gain … but who in their right mind would buy that on a t-shirt?
No Guts. No Glory. That one is probably good-to-go.
My favorite go-to place is near Coach K (the coach of the Duke Blue Devils).
I think when I heard him announce in an interview “I always wanted to teach. I just happen to coach basketball,” I became a never-ending follower of his sport’s disciple.
“I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.”
“Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name on it.”
“I hate to lose.”
“Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.”
I think Coach K would agree with these two statements.
“Tenacity will pay off.”
“Winning is delicious.”