Success and Failure

Many of us aim for the top spot in sport, but the reality is that only a small minority will make it there. Whilst that can be disappointing, it is also a natural part of any competitive process and we should acknowledge the difficult feelings that come with this.

Coping with 'failure';

  • Recognise your achievements outside of winning competitions - along the way you will have achieved wonderful things which deserve to be celebrated

  • Learn from your 'failures' and mistakes - they are an important development tool

  • Take comfort in knowing that all athletes will experience 'failure' at some stage - even the most celebrated, and decorated sportspeople of all time like Serena Williams and Muhammad Ali have experienced set backs

  • Allow yourself to be upset about perceived 'failures' but don't beat yourself up about them

  • Know when your feelings are becoming overwhelming, and recognise that you may need some support

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.


If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.