Focus on the goal not the obstacle

I wanted to share a story learned on the muddy fields of 2007-2010. I used to coach Junior football 10 years ago, we used to have penalty spot drills. The parents would say to the kids ‘don’t miss’? What do you think would happen after that advice?


I made a point of telling the players parents that in this team we only talk about making things not missing things. The parents adopted the positive philosophy. We won every penalty competition for the 3 years we were all together. That group of boys became league and cup champions. Two of the boys made professional clubs, more importantly all of them became admirable young men of achievement and character.


The key to success was to focus the players mind on the thing they desired not the thing they feared. If you mentor anyone try and help them concentrate on making targets not missing them, it can make a difference and so can you.

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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