Being egotistical creatures, we humans want to look good in front of our teammates and coaches.
Often, this desire has us working hard to avoid mistakes out on the field.
We also tend to gesture to our audience (parents, fans, coaches, teammates) that we are displeased with our mistake. A player will drop a pass or miss a shot and bang his stick on the ground. Or he/she will hang his head, or maybe raise it up to look at the sky. Meanwhile, the game goes on. Time moves forward. The earth rotates and continues to revolve around the sun.
These demonstrations are quite ugly. Only one reaction looks good – hustling to make the next play
At each point in time, your level of preparation is fixed. Your stick skills are what they are. Your lacrosse IQ is set. When the whistle blows for the first face off of the game, you cannot go back in time and take more repetitions on the wall, or study more game film. You must play with what you have.
What you CAN control in the present is your focus and your level of effort.
GO HARD. Go twice as hard after you make a mistake.
Coach Daly at Tufts likes to say “no memory.” You have to learn the discipline of immediately forgetting your mistake. That play is over. You can only control the next one.
Your coach, teammates, parents and GOD will always be impressed by heart and hustle.
Hustle always looks good, and it’s one thing you have 100% control over.