How to Inspire Children
Working with children in any capacity requires leaders and adults who are compassionate and understanding. Even in a sports setting, it’s important to maintain an encouraging demeanor with kids. These inspirational quotes are ideal to help a child feel excited about sports and encourage them to work towards their goals on and off the field.
- “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi
Leave it to Lombardi to teach kids that it’s all about your attitude when it comes to excelling at sports or anything else in life. This quote teaches kids how vital it is to stay in the zone so they put their best efforts forward. This is a lesson will serve the child far beyond the court or field. Lombardi’s winning mentality began at the ground level with compassion and high expectations that encouraged players to succeed.
- “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra knows a thing or two about helping a team perform under pressure. This quote illustrates how important it is to give the game your everything until the buzzer sounds. This is a great quote to instill because it helps a child stay focused and follow through in the game despite what the score board says.
- “Build up your weaknesses until they become your strengths.” – Knute Rockne
This quote may have be explained to younger kids, but it’s worth taking the time to teach them this valuable lesson. Identifying weaknesses is one of the many lessons learned when playing sports. Encourage kids to identify where they excel and where there’s room for improvement. Emphasize that not everyone is good at every job on a team, but together people can achieve more than working alone.
- “There are no environments where you’re only going to win, because life just isn’t like that.” – Bobby Orr
Orr is a hockey legend and even he knows that winning isn’t always in the cards. Teaching children that winning isn’t the only way to success is a golden lesson that will benefit them for years to come. There are no perfect situations. This quote teaches us that we can try our best and put our game face on, but in the end there’s no way we’ll win every time.
- “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
Adults know that Jackson is as zen as they get, but his coaching and sports philosophies are worth sharing with kids at an early age. This is because Jackson always relates the importance of self-sufficiency, compassion and trust in team makes back to what strengthens an individual for the long haul. It isn’t only about working hard in that moment to make yourself great. It’s about putting in the time and work in every aspect of your life in order to be prepared when your moment arrives. With this quote kids learn to be strong but also rely on team mates which is vital for a successful team.
Go Out And Inspire!
These quotes will inspire kids and teens and help them understand the fundamentals of being on a team. Winning is fantastic, but it isn’t everything and these quotes help children understand the benefits of working on a team that goes beyond the locker room. When kids understand that confidence, attitude and strength are the ingredients to help them persevere through any occasion, that’s when they learn lessons that strengthen their natural abilities for a lifetime. Learning how to accept help from others and rise to the occasion when needed are regular occurrences in sports. These quotes will help any adult or coach teach these lessons.
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