I hope everyone had a successful Regional weekend.I really believe that THE SUCCESS OF ONE- IS DRIVEN BY THE EFFORTS OF MANY.This year was a pretty good year for us. We qualified 100% of our Level 8, 9 and 10 to Regional Championships and at 9/10 Regional Championships weÂ Â qualified everyone to Eastern’s or JO Nationals.BUT- No matter how hard we try, we will not always be this successful. As I was quoted in the paper last week, “There are only 2 guarantees in gymnastics, You are going to get hurt and you are going to get frustrated.” The best gymnasts in the world have faced disappointment. “We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world,” wrote Helen Keller.Â How I wish she were wrong. Disappointments leave us with the unpleasant task of squashing, crushing, andÂ pinching lemons to extract any and all juice.Here, then, are a few of my techniques to turn sour into sweet, to try my best to overcome disappointment.1. Throw away the evidenceAlbert Einstein failed his college entrance exam. Walt Disney was fired from his first media job. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Get it? MOVE ON2. Stay in the mud”The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud,” says a Buddhist proverb, just in case you thought all crap was bad.3. Make a pearlAllow your disappointment to form a pearl just as an oyster does when an irritating grain of sand gets inside its shell, but grab the pearl before the sand gets in your eyes.4. Ignore the criticsSuccess is one percent talent, 99 perspiration. My coaching success comes from the fact that I work harder than most other coaches and make others work hard around me.5. Grow your rootsAlthough the bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth, it looks lazy at first because there is no branching … just growing lots of deep and wide roots. At the right time, though, the evergreen is capable of surging asÂ fast as 48 inches in 24 hours. So are we … if we grow strong roots.6. Persevere”The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.”–Author Unknown7. Don’t rush the processOnly in struggling to emerge from a small hole in the cocoon does a butterfly form wings strong enough to fly. Should you try to help a butterfly by tearing open the cocoon, the poor thing won’t sprout wings, or if it does,Â its friends will make fun of it.Good luck with what ever you have left!