The teams that I was fortunate to play for that had winning cultures played with a few of these characteristics. The team’s always keep their heads up when times got tough. We always encouraged each other throughout mistakes. We clapped and cheered when our teammate made a big time play. We maintained eye contact with the coaches throughout the huddle. This all took, positive body language. Ralph Waldo Emerson was quoted saying “who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Teams with winning cultures have figured this out and have made it apart of their programs. The teams that don’t display positive body language usually have a tough time coming together, when they are tested as a team throughout the season.
As the season gets going for you, most likely everything won’t go as you’d like throughout the whole season. At that moment it’ll be up to you whether decide you’re team first, or thinking about yourself first. If you decide to think about yourself first and bring bad body language to your team environment it could hurt the team morale and lead to disconnect with coaches and your teammates throughout the season. If you stay positive, you’ll be able to work through your individual situation and continue to create positive support for your team. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Team First > Me First