As I make the transition from indoor to beach volleyball, I was inspired to reflect on my career and how I got to where I am. There are many factors that contributed to my mindset and the evolution of my game – the most important being alchemizing failure to success.
This is an excerpt from my first book, Max Potential Playbook where I outline my personal process of development in reaching my max potential and how you can do the same in your life, no matter your profession, passion or personal story.
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Learning how to use failure as fuel for catalytic change and allowing it to run its course was not something that I always appreciated. As I look back on my career and attempt to identify the elements that contributed to my reaching my maximum potential, I would list them like this:
My process to reach maximum potential
- Be adaptive: ability to change
- Be objective: clarity leads to actual growth
- Be purposeful: on a mission: know where you are trying to go
- Be a team player: relationships, communication, protection
- Be process driven: hard work, pursuit of mastery, cultivate the will
- Be focused: “clutch”…a skill that is developed, not inherent
- Be a leader: Actions and Service
- Be present: immersed in the moment
As I learned how to respond to failure, it made me question if I had the right definition of what success was. What does it mean to be successful? How do I define it? Was it about trophies and championships, or are there bigger things at stake? Could success be more than an end result of a sporting match?
Success, the term and its significance in my life, became less about wins and more about development and pursuit of my personal maximum potential. Success became a process. I was achieving success if I was pushing my limits with every action, every rep, and every opportunity I was given. To achieve mastery and control over the skills, I would have to work hard. But that wasn’t all that needed to be developed. How I related, how I competed, how I handled pressure, and how I learned would all need to be addressed.
The first hurdle was to become a good learner. The tangible goal of winning matches and trophies would always be in sight and a goal worth pursuing, but it became glaringly clear that this journey was yielding benefits that would long outlive my playing career.