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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