Taking my daughter to her first gymnastics competition today I asked what she wanted to achieve for herself, she replied that she didn’t want to come last. She wasn’t setting her bar low or being pessimistic, it was the opposite – she recognised she was doing something very challenging for herself and just participating was her personal achievement.
She was very nervous, she relaxed as soon as she was with her club teammates and her coach, who knew what to say, how to say it and how to motivate gently.
You can only be the best you can be, this is your own personal motivation and achievement and in doing this with a great group of teammates and inspirational leader (the coach) creates a sense of belonging and shared achievement: where everyone wins. This is an invaluable environment to immerse yourself in, even for a Mother who is merely a spectator.
Thank you Clare Tanner and team Shepton.