The title of this blog may seem harsh, but it is actually the exact opposite. It is praising the focus and determination of each and every child that walks through our doors. Getting a new skill or perfecting an old one has nothing to do with luck; it is a direct reaction of hard work and perseverance.
When it comes to the children we teach, we want to change the narrative of good luck or bad luck. While gymnastics is hard, you can work harder and you are capable of doing hard things. With time and effort, you will control the outcome. For example, the more you work to improve upper body strength, the easier it is to perform on bars. Thinking that gaining a skill is magically tied to good luck is not the right mindset and will serve you negatively when trying to achieve any goal in life.
Successful individuals have a growth mindset and believe that change is possible. They take responsibility for their mistakes as well as their triumphs. When one makes a mistake, it isn’t that bad luck has struck them down; rather, they know that they alone can make changes to create a successful outcome the next time around. Gymnastics teaches you this important concept. You may fall off the beam 1,000 times, but if you keep working hard and don’t give up, you will stick it on turn 1,001. Practice certainly makes perfect. This concept carries over into school, work, and any aspect of life.
Let’s empower our children, our students, and one another to realize that we are in control. When it comes to “luck”, we control the narrative, and we can do anything that we put our mind to in life. At Barron, we hope to help each child to build the skills of self-confidence and control, so that they believe that they can achieve anything that they work hard for now and in the future.