I've always loved how derby translates so well into metaphors for life. My favourite is getting knocked down and having to get up again; both mentally and physically, literally and metaphorically, individually and as a team. This choice to give in or carry on fighting is where I think it's most important to choose a positive perspective. Especially when you're in a phase of learning or trying new things.
The important thing is to not loose track of your achievements. They can be small and they can be masked or even undone in a game situation as play unfolds, but they are still your achievements and it's important not to loose them. For example, as a jammer, when playing against a more experienced team, you might go for a gap and get through, only to find you're recycled around again in an 'eat the baby' fashion. This doesn't mean you've failed; it's a chance to try again. To hone that skill - the awareness and confidence to take opportunities. And of course to work that stamina! Each time you spot and take that opportunity is an achievement. Own it. When you bout against a more evenly matched, less experienced team, you'll take the opportunity... and be through!
So my advice, and I've finally realised I'm in a place to have some worth sharing, is simple. Break daunting tasks down into small goals, then celebrate your efforts. Make it fun! (Isn't that the point?)
Chakra Bleu #Z03