An athlete posted this classic story of the two wolves while thinking of our discussions about thriving under pressure. “This reminds me of what we talk about!”
In competition or a tough training drill, we are happy when things go as we expect. We are unhappy when they do not. We often become some combination of angry, hurt, upset, fearful, disappointed, and who knows what else. Some athletes have learned how to shed those feelings and keep living in the Present Moment while others are debilitated and shut down or give up. How you respond is entirely up to you and you can learn to change your response in ways that are positive and beneficial to your performance (what you do) and ultimately in the outcome (score, winning).
Many of the articles in the “On The Firing Line” series address this topic, either directly or indirectly. Examples include #5 “Eights Are Your Friend” and #8 “Mental And Emotional Skills” among numerous others.
Which wolf are you feeding?