This TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love is amazing in its simplicity. She talks about coming to a place of comfort whenever the jarring of great success or great failure shakes our equilibrium. Gilbert’s assertion is that both events, success and failure, upset us from our comfort zone and the only way to find our happy place is to return to that zone of comfort.
I think it’s a great lesson for our athletes to internalize. I’m sure if we were to all talk to our teams and ask them why they play, it would be because they love the sport…they can’t imagine not playing.
So when they fail miserably in front of their friends and family? Get back in the gym. Or when they have an insanely good game and everyone’s telling them that they’ve finally taken that step into rarefied air? Get back to work…go back to your love.
Check out her talk, Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating. It’s about seven minutes long, well worth your time!