Inspiration from the soccer field!

I am a soccer mom, and for the most part, I try not to get too invested in the outcome of games.  I mean obviously we all want our kids on the winning team, but in reality, that just doesn’t always happen.  My 15 year old goes to a small school, and this is the first year they had their own soccer program in the high school.  She started playing 3 years ago, so you would think she has a lot to learn, and she does, but she also has a knack for the game.  At any rate, her team had a stellar season.  They ended up ranked second out of the 4 teams they played against, and even won one of the non league games they played.  But even a team on a winning streak goes through difficulties.  Last night they played the number 3 team to see who got to go to the championship game this weekend.  And they straight up stunk.  The girls were flat, they weren’t going to the ball.  It was hard to watch because they wanted to play in the championship game, but they just weren’t up to the task.  Or were they?  Something happened mid-game.  It was like a switch flipped and they were back just like that.  The other team thought the game was in the bag.  They had a 3 goal lead with just 20 minutes left in the game.  But from somewhere deep within the girls rallied to not only come back and tie the game, but then to go on and win in overtime!  You can guess there was a lot of celebration and excitement on that field!!

However, that isn’t the point of my story.  Of course I was thrilled, because it’s fun to see your children succeed, but how did they do it? The odds were definitely not in their favor.  The team is brand new, there are no girls older than 10th grade, and they had no substitutes.  The other team had just defeated the previously undefeated number 1 team and came in on fire.  They had motivation, they had excitement, and they were playing beautifully.  They had extra girls on the side waiting to give the players a rest.  It wasn’t about skill or odds.  It was about mindset.  Something changed when our team scored to drop the lead to 2.  You could see it in the eyes of both teams.  One said “we aren’t done yet”, the other said “wait, what is happening?”.  And while I know those girls who lost went home broken hearted, it was still amazing to watch my daughter and her team scratch their way back from what seemed certain defeat.  They changed their mindset from negative to positive.  They knew they had the skills to do it, and they started to believe they could.

What are you struggling with in your life that you can’t seem to overcome? Are the odds stacked against you, with seemingly no way to make things work? Maybe it’s time to start thinking that you can, push out the thoughts holding you back. Because I bet, if you put your mind to it, you can go beat those odds, and surprise everyone around with your success!

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