Can't or Won't

When an athlete says they cannot do something that is very final. They can’t do it! When they say they say they won’t do it that implies a choice. They can do it but they have chosen not to do it at this time. I try to educate athletes and coaches on the distinction. I think it is an important distinction that we should all understand.


At 6/29/07, 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be interested to know in what sort of context you're using this. Goal setting? Training? Mental preparation? Competition? etc.


At 6/29/07, 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking on my own behalf...whether goal setting...training...competition, If the athlete (pro or amateur) says they CAN'T do something, they have determined their outcome already..it is final. Example, you want the athlete to perform routine or to execute a play, he/she states that I can't do that. They already have been defeated mentally before taking to the playing field.

At 6/30/07, 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great point.
Same holds true for coach's, when they tell their players "don't drop the ball" Try, "catch the ball". Let your athletes hear the positives.

I jumped to someone that posted on this blog, blog's he was tell his athlete something to the effect "don't do such and such... stick to what's on the board"

Those phrases / words are like a cancer and they will spread in an athletes mind for life.


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