We have created the four R’s to be used immediately after a student competes or performs their Challenge, typically during a significant single event.
Regardless of the outcome we must have a planned reward in place. It can take huge amounts of courage for a young person to compete. Having a planned reward to give them immediately after a competition or event will solidify the event as a positive experience. For this reason a reward should be given regardless of the outcome (win or lose). I believe there should be a hierarchy in the way awards are presented in competitions; so that students understand that there is a greater award for winning, which will drive their competition spirit, intrinsic motivation and develop their character. This element is typically structured into a competition with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place medals/trophies. The support from parents or peers should be immediately present before (in the build up phase), during (at the event) and after the competition in the form of a planned reward – win or lose.
Competing is both emotionally and physically draining. The build up to a single event can have been going on for months, all of the worries, frustrations, pressure, hopes and dreams of the outcome all build up to an apex of emotions on the day and for a young person this can be incredibly draining. Taking time off, not to reflect on the competition at this stage, but simply to relax and recover. Enjoy a calm mind with no thoughts of upcoming competitions but and a quiet sense of pride.
This is an important step. Re-grouping covers analysing your performance and technique, getting back into your community, supporting your peers and setting new goals. So let’s dive into how we structure each aspect of re-grouping.
In this section we ask students to go over the whole process they faced, looking closely at their build up, their event and how they felt. We want them to have a deep understanding of the competition cycle. We find discussing the following questions and guiding students through them one by one helps:
How did you feel going into the competition?
Did you have a positive Mindset leading up to the competition?
Would you change your mindset leading up to the competition?
Did you find the competition to be challenging and out of your comfort zone?
Did you feel you performed your best in the competition?
What would you improve (even if you feel your technique was brilliant) looking back over your technique?
Looking at your community, what advice would you give to other friends/students/peers who are going to the same competition?
How can you help others in your community prepare for a similar competition?
How did you feel after the competition, did you feel pride/relief/happy?
How can you prepare better for your next competition?
Do you have another goal you would like to achieve?
Who do you need to thank for helping you prepare for the competition and for supporting you?
As a mentor it’s vital, when analysing performance that it’s done in a positive way but that it is done honestly in order to get the best results. Have you noticed, we add elements of community and leadership into every aspect of analysing our own performance? We do this to ensure our students remain humble, support each other and understand that we rarely achieve greatness alone, indeed our community is fundamental to our success.
Once this is achieved it’s time to set new goals using the Warrior Academy Goal Setting System detailed in this book (Go to the goal Setting Chapter). It’s vital we break down the big vision into smaller goals, all the way down to daily habits.
The final step is simply to repeat. Try not to see competition or challenges as one off life events but merely a process for learning and applying our lessons. Having goals creates drive and purpose to our lives. Competing challenges us and takes us out of our comfort zone. We grow when we compete and the more we gain experience in competition the more confident we become. The process we learn through competing has huge carryover into all areas of our life. As adults we often find ourselves in a competition environment, having lots of experience competing and a healthy process of analysing our performance can make a huge impact into our happiness and success in later life.