You've probably heard the phrase about opportunity knocking and how it may "only knock once" and then it's gone. I believe that it knocks more than once and is sometimes non-stop. The key for us is to recognize the knocks and act responsibly and accordingly.
If you listen to or read comments from most coaches after a contest, they may say things like "we had our opportunities and just didn't take advantage of them" or "we had opportunities and couldn't score". Many times we here those comments after a heartbreaking defeat, but if a win is the only opportunity we are looking or working for, then we are not getting the full value of participation in education based athletics and activities as a coach or player.
There are always opportunities to show good sportsmanship to opponents and officials. There are opportunities for leadership if you teach a skill to a teammate.. There is the opportunity for personal growth after an agonizing defeat or even a big victory. There is the opportunity to show up and do what is required in the classroom every day. These examples just scratch the surface of the opportunities that may be knocking at your door every day.
The Challenge: Don't make the only opportunity you look for be a win on the scoreboard. Look for the many opportunities you have to grow in your leadership, your ability to show responsibility, your ability to communicate and your ability to show sportsmanship. The list could go on and on.
The opportunities are knocking. Are you listening?