Competiting Without Regrets

“You can always say, ‘I wish I had landed that triple flip better, or I wish I didn’t fall.’ They’re not regrets, just mistakes.”

– Michelle Kwan

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An interview with Michelle Kwan:

Do you have any regrets or disappointment about anything in your skating career?

Disappointments, of course, but not regrets.  That was one thing my parents taught me from the get-go:  they didn’t want me to look back and say, “I could have worked harder, I could have tried harder, I could have trained better.” Those were things I knew I never wanted to regret.


At competitions, of course I wish I had done a jump better or little things like that.  You can always say, “I wish I had landed that triple flip better, or I wish I didn’t fall.” They’re not regrets, just mistakes.



Don’t let mistakes define you. If you do, you are allowing it to become something you regret. Regrets are things that hold you to your past and keep you from moving forward and progressing.


Instead, use mistakes as fuel to practice harder, to improve, and to challenge yourself to be better the next time. There’s always another opportunity, it’s what you choose to do with that opportunity that matters.

 

Reference

*https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-xpm-2012-01-26-chi-kwan-on-kwan-longevity-hallmark-of-hall-of-fame-career-20120126-story.html


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