"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us." ~ Jane Austen
What does pride look like on an athlete and among a team?
Personal pride is having self-respect for one’s self by taking honor in how one does things. An athlete may take pride in their execution of a turn, in their work ethic or in their ability to mentally prepare. Feeling pride is joyful, a great emotion! An athlete should reward themselves with feeling pride as milestones of achievement are completed and as new skills are mastered. It is good to feel joy for trying to do things to the best of your abilities and it feels even better when it’s a shared joy among the group.
Teams that have a shared pride reflect individuals with determination to become as good as possible for themselves and for the group. A team that takes pride in what they do will swim with passion every day. Passionate efforts of everyone on the team will build team pride.
PIRATE swimmers can show pride in their teammates, by being aware of and acknowledge other people for their accomplishments and the passionate effort they put forward.
Of course, there is the wrong pride-arrogance, vanity, self-ego and false pride. People with self-ego are seen around the pool deck and in other sports. They carry themselves or speak in ways that makes them feel big. This type of pridefullness is usually sparked by some success but leaves quickly when they lose or make a mistake. Quite often, their loses are hung up on excuses out of their control like, “the starter held me too long”. These people also tend to rely on their athletic skills rather than their effort. They think that they are “a talent”, and with that they gain a sense of entitlement or expect special privileges.
Developing a positive pride is a choice.
Is pride you feel based on outcomes, or is based on something you choose to do?
Is the joy you feel shared by others on the team?
How can you and the rest of the Team show its pride day-in and day-out?