Setting a goal and doing it—these are the basic elements of achievement. But to really succeed in sports and in life, we need a winning attitude. Olympic athletes have it—that perfect blend of optimism and tenacity in the face of adversity. Some of us are born with it, but most of us have to learn it. We practice these skills early in life. Consider the everyday tasks that must seem Olympic-sized to your Sproutlet: getting ready on time, taking turns, walking to a far-away park, or coping with a broken toy. (Can we fix it? Yes we can!) Like a great coach, you can help your Sproutlet develop a winning attitude. The best way is to model it over and over again in everyday situations.
The next time you and your Sproutlet are playing a game or running a race, try these simple tips recommended by expert coaches:
What to Do Sample Dialogue
Celebrate the process. My legs are moving so fast!
Do your best. I will run as fast as I possibly can.
Don’t give up. Whoops—I fell! But I’ll keep going.
Be kind to yourself. I didn’t win, but I am a great runner.
Move on. I’ll practice more for the next race.
Consider adopting the Olympic creed as part of your family’s winning attitude: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Or, if you want to keep it short and sweet, try the Olympic motto and learn a little Latin while you are at it: Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger)