Hello Ultimate Mindset readers!
This post is long overdue and a bit hard to write.
You see, I have a thing about following-through. Do what you say you’re going to do. Your word is your everything.
I have been following-through with supporting my family - taking some time off work to take care of my kids while my wife starts a new kick-ass job.
But as I write this, I feel a pang in my gut telling me that I have not been following-through with my goal to support the Ultimate community with mental strength training. And that’s on me.
I originally intended for this to be a quick apology note. And then I realized that here in my own life is a lesson worth sharing.
Balance is hard. Sometimes things slip. The plates fall. The disc drops.
It happens everywhere – and probably more often than we’d like on teams.
Maybe you were late getting the weekly track workout sent. Maybe you forgot the disc bag. Maybe you forgot to return a text message. Maybe you missed a work deadline because you were too busy compiling the track and strength workouts for the week. Maybe you were late to practice because you just couldn’t get out of work on-time.
It’s not about what happened, what we missed, forgot, or dropped. It’s about what we do when we recognize what’s happened.
Do we acknowledge our mistake or do we hope no one noticed?
Do we own our mistakes or do we blame other people or circumstances?
Do we apologize and make amends or do we hope that we will be forgiven?
Those questions get at the heart of accountability.
Accountability is critical to trust.
Trust is critical to teams.
Acknowledging, owning, and apologizing for our mistakes is hard. It’s why this post is hard for me to write. But just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. In fact, I believe the hard things are often the most worthwhile.
So to my UM team, I hope that you’ll accept my apology and are willing to bear with me as I continue to find the balance in my life.
Know that the archives are always there and I’m always happy to answer your questions (feel free to send them my way). Also know that I hope to be able to do some new cool modes of content through the rest of this year that will hopefully make up for the lack thereof so far including trying my hand at Instagram, so if that's your thing look me up and follow me there: @PerformanceColorado.
Hi! I'm Piers. I am an Ultimate player, spouse, parent, and human performance coach. My passion and my profession is to help individuals and teams perform at their best through research-based mental skills, resilience, leadership and team dynamics training.
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