The definition of Success is a word that has probably caused most issues amongst sporting programs.
Within the corporate world , the definition of success would have been a topic of discussion in all board meetings.
In the sporting world, the end result on the scoreboard or your final standings on the ladder position at seasons end, predominantly would dictate the definition of success. However, there are so many more ways to determine success.
Progression = success. The progression or development of a team or individual without taking into account the score is success.
One player may have improved on their external skill sets, another player may have improved on their internal skill sets, a team thats was once not united as a team, may have become a team based on one for all, all for one , which means united. A team may have had a average losing margin of 30 points in the first 1/2 of the year, by seasons end , they closed that margin to 10 points. All these are definitions of success.
Commitment = success. Success for some is choosing to make the commitment to be part of something. For some this is not an easy thing.
Simply put, whether it be coach, player or team, did they develop to be better at the end of the season compared to what they were at the commencement of the season. If the answer is yes, then thats also success.
Lets talk about success from Darren’s point of view (extracted from his personal journal that he wrote when suffering through his traumatic experience in life).
“Lets talk about success. How it is determined? Being successful is defined as something that is achieved by intending to achieve it. But how does someone become more successful than others? I used to always believe that it was determined by how successful you were financially. I’ve heard people say that money can’t buy happiness, and my reply would be that they obviously have never had money.
My view has now changed. Money can help things in life feel a bit easier, but at the end of the day money can’t change a depressed persons state of mind. To me, being successful is surviving another round of the game-surviving each day that life brings your way. Whether it be emotionally, physically, mentally or financially, if you can battle through these challenges, I believe you are a success.”