I don’t know if it is widely known, but Brazilian volleyball coach Bernard Rezende (better known as Bernardinho) wrote a book. As a supporter of volleyball books in all forms (I have bought and read the Lloy Ball book! and helped translate Platonov into English) and possesser of a 1-click account on Amazon, I recently bought a copy. In Portuguese, of course. Since knowledge is rarely transmitted without some effort on the part of the learner, I am also trying to read it.
It is a hard slog (well not that hard, I just cut and paste in Google Translate) but the nuggets within are worth the effort. One such nugget is the notion of ‘deserving’ victory. In one section he writes of his Olympic champion team not of working to win the gold medal but of working to DESERVE the gold medal. Obviously you can’t control whether you win or not, but whether you deserve to win is determined by you. Later he expands on the topic a little and saying that in the most stressful moments, the team that feels they deserve to win, will draw on that to find a way. The examples he uses are ones of overcoming some kind of hardship or of knowing that they have trained particularly hard.
There may well be something in that.
Read about the great new Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.