4 Ways to Bounce Back from Mistakes With Ease
Mistakes are a large part of the learning process. They will happen a lot throughout your playing career.
How you handle mistakes will determine if they can help you grow or if they will break you.
Here are four ways to bounce back from making mistakes:
1. Figure out what you did wrong
It’s hard to bounce back from a mistake if you don’t know where you went wrong. Ask your coaches and teammates if you can’t figure out yourself. Hopefully, they can help you identify the origin of your mistake and point it out to you.
Recognizing that you made the mistake and seeing where it happened will help you better be able to acknowledge it, correct it, and move on.
Watching film can be extremely helpful in this because you may not remember what you did in a game and it will also give you a glimpse of what was going on around you that caused you to make the decision that you did.
2. See what led up to the mistake
Don’t just focus on the one mistake itself. Chances are you made a few smaller mistakes before that caused the bigger mistake. If you can correct the little ones, you can prevent the bigger mistakes from ever happening.
If possible, watch film of it and see different things you could have done instead. When you watch yourself on tape it will help bring to light things you didn’t necessarily notice when you were on the field.
3. Identify other possible outcomes
If your mistake was a choice you made during a game or practice that turned out to be the wrong one, you should think about the other options you had at the time.
Where else could you have played that ball? What else could you have done with your touch? Should you have shot that ball or crossed it?
Identifying other outcomes will help you turn your mistake into a learning opportunity and help you recognize you had other choices when it happens next time.
4. Breaking a habit
If this mistake is something that you, your coach, or your teammates notice you are continually doing, you need to take time and work on it outside of practice.
It’s likely you developed a bad habit and now you need to spend time working on correcting the mistake and essentially breaking the habit.