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Failure after a netball game

How do you deal with failure after a netball game or a really hard training session?How would you approach your coach-team players and most importantly yourself?How do you move forward?Nicole
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Hi Nicole, 

I can understand how hard it is to deal with what you perceive as a failure. I think the most important factor is how you approach the situation and your mindset after. Instead of seeing it as a 'failure' see it as a lesson, there is always something to learn. For example the reason you may have felt it was a failure was due to not turning over much ball (defence) or poor feeding into the circle (attack), however you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and see these are areas you can work on in training and improve so next time you can perform better. 

Also, I think it is important to not only set outcome goals e.g. to perform well or win but also process goals, of which are more controllable. These are likely to be individual to you for example in defence stick tight to my player or get a certain number of interceptions or in attack set yourself an error rate, for example, no more than 4 errors per game. This will help you maintain focus on smaller targets which, in turn, will contribute to the bigger picture. 

When approaching your coach or teammates, simply take responsibility. Everyone makes mistakes and we learn from these. I am sure both your coach and teammates will understand and work to support you so you can move forward together. 

Overall, I think it is important to acknowledge your perceived 'failure' or mistakes but try not to be overly critical of yourself. Understand everyone has off days, where they simply do not perform their best, but that does not make them a bad player. See the situation as a lesson to learn from rather than a failure as this will help direct your mindset to a more positive, open one and thus help you move forward. It is important in your next training session or game you are not dwelling on the past, but ready to push on and prove to yourself and others that you are the fantastic player you thought. 

Hope this helps. 

Hi Nicole,

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