For competitive weightlifters, the margin for error is so small that any miscalculation could result in a missed attempt. Rushing the lift off the floor or failing to keep the bar close or any number of things could cause a lift to go bad. In training, we can address the issue and fix the problem on the next repetition but in competition there are only 3 attempts in the snatch and 3 in the clean and jerk to build the highest possible total of the two. In short, every attempt matters. A missed attempt in competition not only alters the athlete and coach’s plan for the meet, but also the mental state of the athlete and the job of the coach. Very often lifters get rattled by missed attempts whether it be the opener or the final attempt. Allowing the outcome of one lift to affect the mental state subsequently affects the outcome of future lifts. Use misses in training as practice on how to respond and deal with them in competition. Recognize the reason the lift was missed and make the appropriate attentive correction. Letting the emotional defeat or stress of the miss affect the following lift will only hinder future performance. A competitive mindset must be maintained in order to have the best outcome possible. If you miss during competition use the time between lifts to re-organize your thoughts and put yourself into a familiar and comfortable place. This may be listening to your favorite song or it may be having your coach talk you through the next lift. In any case, work to build your mental game so that nothing can shake your focus on the task at hand.