Your Mom Might Care
"Never makes excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes wont believe them." John Wooden
I get quite a few opportunities to listen to excuses. Yesterday was no different. I had a kid come in to workout who is a good athlete. He's one of those kids that everything comes pretty easy to him. So, I often call him out on sandbagging drills. It's easy to tell because he's by far the most explosive kid in his group.
Last night he started sandbagging right from the beginning so I asked him, "What the heck was wrong with you?" He said, "I had the PSAT today."
I'm old enough and mature enough and experienced enough to understand that some people aren't just going to have it somedays. It happens to all of us. But, I also understand there are times when you just have to suck it up and not make any excuse you can for a poor effort or performance.
I used this moment as a teaching lesson for this 13 year old kid. I said, "I hope you did well on your PSAT, but the only person who might care about this excuse is your Mom."
You see, for the the most part, Mom's love you so much they'll listen to your BS excuses and tell you it's okay. But the rest of the world doesn't. This is why Mom's are wonderful. They always make us feel better. I told the kid, "Don't start making a habit of excuses whether you think they are justified or not. Because they're probably not. And if they are, no one is really going to care."
I continued, "If you had a game today, would you tell your opponent before the game that you're really tired because of the PSAT, so take it easy on me?"
I think he eventually got the point. I didn't have a problem with his effort the rest to the training session. At the end, I asked him again, "Whose the only person that might care about your excuses?" He said, "My Mom." I patted him on the back and said, "You got better today, don't ever forget this lesson."