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TUESDAY TIP: Embracing the "F" Word = FAIL

by Pickleball Superstore April 04, 2023

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Tuesday's Tip is about embracing the dreaded "F" word. F-A-I-L 


While athletes often strive for perfection, embracing failure can be a key to success. Recent research in sports psychology has revealed that adjusting one's mindset and viewing setbacks as learning opportunities rather than defeats can lead to greater resilience when facing challenging situations on the field or court. In addition, athletes experience greater success when they adopt a proactive approach towards their mistakes –confront them head-on and use them as motivation for growth and improvement. NBA basketball coach Pat Riley said, "You have no choice about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again."

Here are a few tips:

1. Instead of letting failure bring you down, turn it into a chance to improve. Take the time for introspection and ask yourself what could have gone differently - then use that learning experience to reach new heights!

2. While the final score of a game may be what gets remembered, focusing on the journey is integral for success in any sport. Remember to celebrate your hard efforts and appreciate how far you've come—each step toward improvement brings you closer to greatness!

3. Cultivate a growth mindset: A growth mindset sees challenges and failures as opportunities for growth and improvement rather than fixed limitations. Adopting a growth mindset can help you see failure as a natural part of the learning process.

4. Use kindness to conquer obstacles! When faced with failure, don't be hard on yourself; show the same compassion and encouragement you would extend to a close friend or colleague. A little self-love can go a long way toward motivating your recovery and perseverance.

Failing isn't just a part of the journey - it's an essential tool for success. As athletes, we can use our missteps as valuable learning experiences that build resilience and help us reach new heights in performance. So don't be afraid to fail: it may not feel like it at first, but embracing failure will set you up for greatness!


Use these tips during recreational pickleball games.  Practice many of the TUESDAY TIP mindset techniques and improve each day.  If you are a pickleball tournament player, remember the phrase - "Champions are not made in the ring, they are made in the training rooms."  Let's go!



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