Four Little Words



Whether you’re a parent, sibling, teammate, or combination of these roles, you have something in common: you’re there to support. That support can mean many things: waking up early to join the conditioning run, skipping that work dinner to be at the competition in person, chauffeuring to practice—and staying tuned in the whole time, and of course, giving emotional support.

In our sport, frustration is inevitable, as is a certain amount of apprehension and fear. That’s why it’s so important that each of our athletes build confidence and resilience which will help them during their time here, and also throughout life. Confidence in themselves helps them to take on new challenges and to seek them out. Resilience is crucial to pushing through failed attempts and working until they become successes. But no athlete, no matter how confident or unshakable they may seem, can do it on their own.

This is where you come in, coach, parent, and teammate.

What did Buddy the Elf need to make Santa’s sleigh fly? What revived Tinkerbell? What will push your athlete through their tough points onto their next success?


It doesn’t need to come in the way of clapping loudly or even singing loudly for all to hear—in your case, it’s actually far easier: Just vocalize it. Thirteen letters, five syllables, four little words: “I believe in you.”

Those words are like magic for people of any age. They can melt pressure at work, letting your employees they really can take on that new challenge—and that you have their back as they try. To a child struggling with homework, they can give the extra push to take a deep breath and start from the beginning. To the spouse or partner trying something new, but afraid, they mean camaraderie and that they aren’t alone. And, to your athlete, they instill confidence and drive to try harder and try again.

Watching the end results of what we do here can be awesome—but it’s easy to forget all of the hard work and “misses” that went along the way when you see flawlessness on stage. Our athletes work unbelievably hard—but before that physical training gets underway, they’re first conquering the mental training. Looking at a new stunt and assessing “how” while trying to convince themselves that they can really do it. They undergo a significant amount of excitement, coupled with doubt and fear. Think of being a solo stunt base, for example, knowing that your flyer’s safety is literally in your hands: How do you push forward with your first attempts?

With confidence. With resilience. With persistence. And with a whole lot of support.

That flyer saying to the base “I believe in you,” goes a long way. The coach telling them both “I believe in you,” is inspiring and the push forward both need to take their next step.

Our words hold power, and those four have some extra mojo. Remember them, say them, and mean them—often.


Karl P.

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