A message from Tom Babits, Head, Primary Division
It’s championship season. Our cross-country teams competed in the CISAA championships on Wednesday, and soccer teams will compete on Saturday at several locations, depending on the team. It’s an exciting time for those athletes to be sure — one filled with emotion, and perhaps even pressure to succeed.
This time of year provides a good opportunity to reflect on the importance of a growth mindset and using growth mindset language with the boys.
Naturally, our boys compete to win. They have that fire, and we don’t desire to suppress that, as it fuels their effort. But winning is only partially within their control. Perhaps the opposition is simply stronger. Ultimately, it may not be their day. What’s in their control is their own physical and psychological effort.
From a learning point of view, we do a disservice to our boys when we focus on outcomes instead of inputs. This is true in all domains of learning, including sports.
When one considers the above, it’s obvious we should be encouraging and praising their effort. We want to develop focus and persistence, characteristics of successful people, in our boys. The winning and losing will take care of itself.
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
Thanks for reading,