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Tottenism Tuesday: Be Happy, But Don't Settle

Sometimes my weightlifters fall into this situation. They come off the platform after making their opening attempt and getting three white lights from the judges. Good lift. They have a big smile and come bouncing off the platform happy with themselves. Only to be greeted by me with a shrug of my shoulders and an “eh, that was OK.” Not that I wasn’t happy (and relieved) that they made their opener, but I didn’t want them to settle for only making that one lift or be happy with how well that lift was made. After my somewhat negative reaction, I always follow it up with a positive comment – “that was OK, but next one ‘bigger finish’ or ‘tighter off the floor’ ”. So, it’s OK to be happy, but don’t settle or complacency is bound to set in!

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