Take “Trying” Out of Your Vocabulary

My oldest son is on a local, traveling swim team. After one of the meets where he didn’t do that well, he was noticeably upset about his performance. When we were in the car on the way out, I asked him why he was acting the way he was. He told me he was mad about his performance at the meet. I told him it was important not to let his emotions determine his behavior, to which he responded that he was trying not to let that happen.