Anime Life Lessons Giant Killing

A Solid Foundation Is One Of The Keys To Success

Giant Killing Episode 2 Insights Part 1

Giant Killing

Giant killing refers to the upsets that happens in sporting events. It’s when the underdog team beats the favored team.

That is the main theme of Giant Killing, hence the title. So far, I am liking the anime. You can learn a lot from it. Actually, this is true for most anime. At least the ones that I have watched and the ones that I am currently watching. That’s one of the reasons as to why I love watching them.

In the case of Giant Killing, you can a learn a lot about football/soccer and life in general. That’s also one of the reasons as to why I love sports. It can teach you a lot about yourself and life in general.

Sports of any kind demands the best of you. You have to be fit physically and mentally. It aims to draw out the potential in people.

In order to compete at the highest level of your chosen sport, you really have to train hard. That’s why you really need to develop the right kind of mindset early on. Because it’s not going to be easy.

Something More Important

Tatsumi and Yuri conversing

One of the things that really struck me in this episode was when Tatsumi said these words to Nagata Yuri,”it’s fine. There’s something more important than just scoring a goal. Showing it to them comes before that. And that will lead us to victory.”

“It’s fine. There’s something more important than just scoring a goal. Showing it to them comes before that. And that will lead us to victory.”

– Tatsumi Takeshi

He said that when Yuri asked him about their team’s strategy during their scrimmage game in this episode. That can they really win with the kind of strategy that Tatsumi is trying to impart to their players. And that’s Tatsumi’s response (the quote above).

The Right Kind Of Mindset

Scoring a goal in football/soccer is important. But we should also remember that soccer is more than just scoring a goal. Or for any sports for that matter. It takes more than that to win in this endeavors. Winning is important. But the quality of our wins is more important. If we want to keep on winning, we can’t leave them to chance and luck. In order to win, we need to have a game plan. We need to approach our sport/work with the right kind of mindset. You need to have an end in mind. You need to have a strategy.

And life in general is like that as well. You need to approach life with the right kind of mindset if we truly want to win at it. You cannot just go through life aimlessly and expect to win at the end. You need to have a plan, a strategy. You need to be intentional in life. You need to approach life purposefully.

The Right Kind Of Foundation

“Pursue excellence and success will come chasing you.”

– Ranchodas Chanchad, 3 Idiots

We need to have the right kind of foundation in life. We need to pursue the right things. In the case of success, we should not pursue it. We should should focus on what will bring us to our desired end instead. The process rather than result. That’s because success, just like happiness, is a process. It happens unconsciously. It’s the result of doing the right kind of preparations.

It’s the result of our work ethic. This is why we should focus more on the process. Instead of pursuing success, we should pursue excellence instead. And excellence can only manifest itself if we are focusing on the process. The process is what will bring us results. If we have made the right preparations, if we have trained amply, the results will eventually follow. The score will take care of itself.

Enjoy The Process

“You can only fight the way you practice.”

– Miyamoto Musashi

Also, the process is what we will be doing for most of the time. It will become part of our daily routine. So we might as well embrace and enjoy it.

Enjoying the process is also a process in and of itself. But once you get to that stage, you will truly flourish. That’s because you are enjoying every minute and every second of it. You are looking foward to your training sessions.

Also, when you are enjoying your training, that will greatly affect your performance on game day. As Miyamoto Musashi have once said, “you can only fight the way you practice.” When you are enjoying in your practice, you will perform well. And that will eventually transfer to your performance on game day. Unless you have game-day/performance anxiety. But that can also be overcomed with the right kind of preparations. It’s part of the process.😊

Optimistic Outlook

“Today the rain is going on strong, but tomorrow baby, the sun is going to come out again.”

– Bruce Lee

Choose the positive. You have choice – you are master of your attitude – choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.

– Bruce Lee

Believe me, you can never go wrong with the right kind of preparations. Even in losing, you will not be disheartened. That’s because you have a solid foundation. Your mindset is solid and strong. It’s unshakable. You will see your losses as stepping stones rather than as stumbling blocks. You’re optimistic and enthusiastic even in the midst of a loss. You are eager to improve.

Staying Sober

With the right kind of foundation, we will also be able to handle success will. We will not let things get inside our head. Because we know that the moment that we start to do that, success will slip out of our hands.

For you see, success is a process, a journey. It’s not a destination. Success is not constant. It’s not fixed. We have to constantly work on it. That’s the only way that we can maintain and keep success within our grasp.

The key is to keep a beginner’s mindset. A beginner is hungry. He/she is very eager to learn. If we can maintain that hunger, then we are on the right track.

This is why it’s very important for us to pay attention to our personal development/growth. Because it can greatly affect the quality of our lives. Knowledge is indeed a power. And when we are knowledgeable of our own selves, of our own abilities and skills, of our own strengths and weaknesses, then we are on our way towards success.

Last Words

“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”

– Bill Walsh

And I believe that is what Tatsumi is trying to impart to their players. He wants them to have a solid foundation. He wants them to have the right kind of mindset. That is why he made the bench/reserve players the starting players for their scrimmage in this episode. He wants them to believe in themselves. He wants them to be confident in their skills and abilities. He wants to develop their fighting spirits.

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋

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