I love this video because it is full of mental game goodies. I have listed a few below.
This little lad just can’t get over – until his friends get involved…
Posted by The Sun Video on Thursday, March 3, 2016
He did not quit.
It was not a matter of if, but when he would clear the jump.
He paid attention to the words of his sensei (teacher) after each attempt.
He did not throw a tantrum or sulk.
He did not refuse to do it again.
5 times he took his position and ran.
He even took a deep breath before each trial.
Even though he cried, he only slowed down long enough for a quick swipe of his arm, then went back to business.
He did not hesitate, he did not over-think.
He chose to meet the fear head on instead of letting it eat him up.
There was no question he was going to keep jumping. Wipe the tears away and do it again and again.
A great example of persistence and trust.
The Sensei (Teacher)
Believed in him and modeled this.
Had no doubt the child would succeed.
Allowed the child to have the time and repetition to learn and succeed.
Allowed the child to have his own genuine emotion.
Believed in him.
Showed no doubt he would do it.
By banding together to raise the child up, everyone was uplifted.
The Community and Culture
Appreciated and cheered for the child at each trial.
This teaches fortitude.
This teaches that effort and determination is valued.
This teaches that winning is not the only way to succeed, but that your hard work and effort is also valued.
Winning and “doing” are both celebrated and admired.
When a child is brought up like this, they are more resilient.
They will be more patient and determined to “stick to it” because they know that with time and practice, they will master the skill.
“ 5th time Lucky”
Lastly, I have to comment on the final annotation;
Maybe the producer thought it was just a clever ending, or just a familiar saying, but for the mental game student, I want to point out that what the little boy did was not caused by luck.
It was a result of hard work, courage and perseverance.
To often we look at other people’s wins, the Gold Medalist, the CEO, the Straight A student, and think how “lucky” they are to be where they are.
When you recognize and acknowledge the hard work and effort of others, you be able to celebrate this in yourself.
This means that you will not give up or quit easily because you know that hard work, courage and perseverance will lead to your ultimate success.
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