An Olympic silver medal is a win, but for a hardcore team competitor, it can feel like—and be—a loss if it meant missing out on gold by just a hair. Cat Osterman, who is a Hall of Fame pitcher and one of the top 5 softball players of all time, has seen the Olympics from both sides. She walked away from two Olympic games with both a silver and a gold medal to show. Now she’s a college level coach. This week, Osterman talks about coming down from the highest high and coming up from the lowest low.
It’s important to be able to get back on track after a loss, to remember why you’re competing, and to push through adversity to move to the next level of competition. Osterman shares tips on how to set reasonable goals and not get caught up in comparing yourself with others and losing joy in what you do. At the end of the day, only you can be your best competitor and push yourself to go for gold.
What You’ll Learn:
- Get back on track after a loss
- Find your talents and use work ethic to capitalize on them
- Set short-term goals to push through adversity
- Not be distracted by comparisons with others
- Develop yourself as your own biggest competitor
“It’s not about beating everyone else. It’s about beating who we were yesterday and being our absolute best competitor in life.” -Jake Thompson
“One loss doesn’t mean you’re going to lose every game from there on out.” -Cat Osterman
“Adversity is adversity, regardless of if you’re on the college stage, in the Little League level, or if you’re on the Olympic level. Running into that adversity is what makes you better, what makes you tougher.” -Cat Osterman
“Being right there in the middle of the pack, it motivated me. Being in those experiences, it fired me up to want to work harder, to see how good I could be—just for me to be how good I could be, not necessarily how good I could be compared to others.” -Cat Osterman
“I think that’s the biggest part of our job (as coaches): getting them mentally and emotionally ready for the real world.” -Cat Osterman