Gaining the Competitive Edge
Brody Gobler, At-Large Representative
Hello everyone. My name is Brady Gobler, and this is the gaining, the competitive edge workshop, competition, rains, and everything we do from sports to school to job interviews. Competition is everywhere. This workshop will show you how to gain that edge. It will show you how you can turn yourself from a good athlete to a great one.
Whether you want to become more mentally in tune and tough, or you just want to take your game to the next level, this workshop will help you reach your goals. And don’t worry. It’ll be a set of lessons for non-athletes. So let’s go ahead and get started, my name is Brody Gobler and I’m currently one of the at-large reps for OASC and a little bit about me.
I’m a junior in high school and I am currently in three sports, myself, uh, football, basketball, and tennis. So today, , in this workshop, I’m going to be talking to you about how to become more mentally resilient, whether it’s in sports or school or life, you just have to be competitive and sometimes you will fail.
But what you do after you fail is what actually matters. So do you want to become better and learn from those situations? Or do you just fall apart today? I will show you how to be mentally resilient in these situations. , so right here is a little interview overview of what we are going to be talking about today.
We’re going to start off by talking about mental resilience and how you can get over the barriers and burdens you put on yourself and then after that, we’re going to talk about how to perform in games like you do in practice. So let’s get right into it. So there are three main reasons why athletes underperformed typically.
So the first one, is the fear of failure, then outside pressures, and then finally perfectionism. So let’s start talking about how to get over the fear of failure and what exactly it is. the fear of failure is when we allow a fear to stop us from doing what we want to do, , we are just afraid to fail.
There are three quick steps on how we can get over the sphere. First off, you have to identify what the fear actually is and find what it is that’s holding you back and challenge it, head on. And whenever a negative thought pops up in your brain challenge, it don’t let it influence you. Secondly, you have to visualize what you want to do.
If you’re running a route and football shooting, the free throw or throwing a ground ball to first, you have to visualize it. And when you do, you have to make sure you see yourself succeeding, see yourself doing it correctly. And then finally start trying to overcome fear and everyday life step out of your comfort zone.
More often start by challenging yourself to do little things in the day. Try new things and do it with confidence. Picture your best self. So the second main reason the alleys underperformed is pressure. This can be pressured from yourself, your family, your friends, your coaches, , start by trying not to worry on what they will do if you make a black player play.
Sorry. Don’t think about those. What if scenarios focus on what you have that have happened and trust that your years of training and practice will come through trusting your mechanics and just do it. Don’t focus on things you can’t change in the moment nobody’s going to be perfect. So don’t try to be perfect.
, and next up is perfectionism. , this is the third and final reason that athletes tend to perform. , so try not to focus on making mistakes because then you will make more of them. Nobody’s perfect. And you have to realize that if you’re going to become a better athlete, the best to be in athletes of all time aren’t perfect.
Tom Brady has a completion percentage of 65.7. Mike trout, widely regarded as the best baseball player today fails more than he succeeds. He only has a batting average of 38.6% and Steph Curry wildly brought it as the greatest three-point shooter of all time only shoots 43.6% from three.
So, what I’m trying to say is that nobody’s perfect, no matter what level. So instead of focusing on making mistakes, start each new play with a positive intention trust in your skills. And when you make a mistake, don’t dwell on it. And what personally works for me, it’s a double tap on my head. Like I’m skipping it or deleting that play like an AirPod, but you know, , next up, this is how to play, how you practice.
So first off. You can’t worry about what other people’s sleeps, what other people think it will only hold you back. Don’t think people will hate you or disrespect you just because you mess up or have one bad play. If you take, if you had to take away one thing from this entire workshop, it is don’t be afraid of failure.
Play for yourself and trust yourself, trust in your skills that you’ve been practicing for years. Some of us have been playing sports since second, first, even like earlier. So just trust that all that practice in those countless hours that you’ve put in will work will work out and help you succeed. And you know, this idea of trusting your in your skills goes far beyond sports and your leadership classrooms trust in yourself and believe that you can pull off that crazy idea that no one else believes in believe that you have what it takes to make your event the best it can be.
So right here, here’s a couple of debriefing questions. , first one is, , what are your goals and what are you in that, ah, sorry, that retains to in sports and in life. , so maybe just like one simple one for each and then how might staining up to failure help you achieve these goals? , so go ahead and take a moment, pause the video and answer these in the classroom.
And the comments are by yourself. , whatever works for you.
, so that’s all I have for today. If you can take anything away from this it’s don’t let failure, failure scare you from pushing towards your goals. If you fail, that is all part of the process. Trusting your skills and get better. Thank you and have a good night.