Establishing Boundaries for Eagle Athletes
Every athlete has different aspects of their mental game they need to work on in order to improve and build them into more complete players and people.
For each Athlete Type, there are certain tendencies that the majority of athletes who have that type can work on to better themselves.
Coaches, parents, teachers, and mentors can all help make a difference in young athletes’ lives by setting different boundaries and helping them understand some of their weaknesses and how to smooth those weaknesses out and become a more well-rounded athlete.
In this article, we will look at certain boundaries and techniques that could help if put in place for Eagle athletes.
Help Eagles See or Understand…
One of the most important things a mentor can help an Eagle realize is that sometimes, it doesn’t matter what other people think. This stems from the typical Eagle having a tendency to worry too much about how they are viewed by others.
In most cases, Eagles are hyper-aware of how other people (teammates, classmates, friends, etc.) perceive them.
At times, an Eagle athlete may let this affect the way they make decisions or how they act. Even though they likely won’t admit it, Eagles may behave differently than they normally would due to what they think other people will think of their actions or behaviors.
It’s important to help Eagles understand that in a lot of cases, what other people think about them doesn’t matter and that they should live their life on their own terms.
In a sports context, this tendency to worry about what others think could cause Eagles to be hesitant in important moments, as they don’t want to be viewed as a failure.
A notable Eagle athlete who has experience in this area is Houston Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt.
Watt, one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history was booed by Houston fans at the team’s live draft party, and the pick was widely ridiculed on the Texans social media pages, most notably the team’s Facebook page.
Many fans complained about the pick, and Watt saw it all. Instead of letting this displeasure with his selection get to him, Watt turned it to motivation.
After winning three defensive player of the year awards (2012, 2014. and 2015) and ascending into the pantheon of greatest defensive players in NFL history, Watt tweeted the comments on the Facebook post announcing him as the Texans first-round selection in 2011.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 26, 2018
As an Eagle, it was likely difficult for Watt to ignore all of those people doubting him and judging his talents without really knowing his work ethic, but he put it all behind him and became the future Hall of Famer he is today.
For a mentor, it is essential to remind the Eagle athlete that what happens on the field is not a reflection of their character as a person, and to not worry about what people watching may think about them. Remind them to be themselves and play as freely as possible.
Prevent Eagles from…
Coaches and parents should focus on ensuring that their Eagle athletes don’t judge their teammates or friends too strongly for making a mistake.
When their teammates make a mistake, whether an in-game mistake or something behavioral, Eagles will likely judge them in some regard.
For the Eagles you have on your team, teach them that passing judgment just because someone makes a mistake does not lead to building a healthy team environment.
Let an Eagle know that a good leader doesn’t judge others for making mistakes, they help them learn from those mistakes and move forward as a better person and player.
Eagles are Bothered by…
The typical Eagle will be bothered when what they see as bad behavior goes unpunished. This is because Eagles have high expectations for those who are in charge. They want their leaders to actually show actions that they believe exemplify true leadership.
For a lot of Eagles, this means they appreciate when others are held accountable. They expect there to be consequences for improper actions.
This being the case, an Eagle feels it is necessary for coaches and parents to discipline anyone who steps out of line. They will view those in power as weak and far too forgiving if they do not punish those who misbehave.
Since they hold those they respect in high regard, it is important to keep this in mind when dealing with an Eagle on your team.