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Tim Kolodziej

August 2, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: If you mess up today, you’ll shine tomorrow

NEW CASTLE — “We’re talkin’ about practice, man. Not a game. Practice. We’re talkin’ about practice.”  — Allen Iverson

You’re going to fail.

Just fail forward.

That’s why we call it “practice.”

Enjoy the growth process and experiment.

Start slowly, perfect the technique, then go lower and faster than you’ve gone before.

You’re going to mess up. You just will.

Then you will mess up again. And again. And again.

If you are doing things perfectly, you’re going to slow. Or you’re too high. Or you’re working beneath your level of play and potential.

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone. You know, that point in your workout where fear creeps in and your mind says, “I can’t do that.”

Try it anyway. That’s where growth happens.

There are plenty of paradoxes in athletics.

You must fail to succeed.

You must fall to stand tall.

You must scare yourself to death to realize just how courageous you really are.

And here’s the biggest: If you want to be great tomorrow, don’t worry about looking good today.

That, young athletes, is why we call it practice.

You’re just rehearsing for real life.

So, relax. You’re going to fail.

But it’s OK. Just fail forward.

’Cause if you do, you’ll always be making progress.


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