At assembly today I tackled the World Cup. I thought I should exercise my demons, face the naked truth that we’re not as good as we think we are. But furthermore I realised that when players do reach a level of great skill and technical ability something else sets them apart. Their attitudes and beliefs define them and make them who they are.
I asked our children in Y5 and 6 “what do you think goes through our players’ minds when they walk up to take a penalty, as they have done before against Germany?” The children responded with a range of answers (showing an uncanny understanding of sports psychology I thought!)
“They’re thinking oh no I might miss”
“They’re worried that the goalie might save it and they’ll look stupid”
I then asked them what they thought went through a German player’s mind before he took a penalty.
“He thinks, I’m going to score”
“I can be a hero”
“This is easy”
I explained to the children that we can achieve so much with the right attitude and belief. I told them the future is theirs, they just have to belief in themselves and show the right attitude.
Has the last few weeks given me anything I can use in school? Did I feel better about the World Cup? Maybe, a bit!