Even Lionel Messi is not perfect: So far in 2015 in 3 games played Messi has taken 18 shots and has missed the net 6 times (1 out of every 3 attempts). He scored on 3 of those attempts.
One of the biggest challenges for sports kids today is our society's view of achievement. We live in a world that rewards perfectionism in school, sports and work.
Coaches are often bewildered by their players' untapped physical talent.
They worry that their players are not fulfilling their potential.
Often players do not reach their potential because they are too hard on themselves, demand perfect performances, and unravel when they make mistakes.
Perfectionists are usually easy to spot. They are very hard - working athletes and usually are highly motivated, but often for the wrong reasons.
Top 8 Signs of Perfectionists
Here are the top eight signs of perfectionists. This can apply to players and coaches. They:
Fear of failure causes them to fold under pressure.
Source: Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn
8 Ways to Avoid Being a Perfectionist Coach
“Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”
― Vince Lombardi
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