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No Luck Needed: The Importance of Controlling Your Controllables in College Athletics

Q: What did the volleyball say to the lucky one?

A: Thank you, I'm feeling volley blessed!


The phrase "I'd rather be lucky than good" refers to the fact that sometimes having luck on your side can be (jokingly) more beneficial than relying solely on skill. For coaches and athletes, it means that even if they have all the necessary skills for success, good fortune may still play a role in their performance.


Volleyball coaches and athletes face a variety of uncontrollable factors during competition, including the performance of their opponents, referee decisions, crowd size, and support. Other external factors include the location and quality of the court or playing surface and last-minute injuries or illnesses that can affect players.


Proverbs 25:28 says, "A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." This verse highlights the importance of maintaining your composure in an uncontrollable situation, as adversity can be challenging. It can also be related to athletics in that it emphasizes the importance of composure, especially when faced with a difficult situation. Athletes must control their emotions and stay focused on the task. This discipline is critical for success on and off the court.


Coaches should emphasize the concept of "control your controllables" to their athletes because often, events in life are out of our control and can lead to difficult situations. Teaching players how to manage frustrations, stay focused on their goals, and draw from their training is key for them to face adversity with composure and resilience.


Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it—No luck needed.


Happy St. Paddy's Day!



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