Being adaptable and flexible means being able to adapt your strategies, tactics, and attitudes to reflect different environments and changing circumstances in training and in competitive play. Athletes need to be able, for example, to adapt to changes in playing surfaces, the crowd environment, climate, weather extremes, and altitude. Athletes also need to be able to manage opportunities and challenges during play with the right emotions in order to perform successfully. Examples of challenges during play are when a player is injured, substituted or sent off, when there are penalty shoot-outs or when the probability of winning or losing changes. Top golfers talk about how important it is to learn how to win by staying patient, taking one shot at a time and being flexible and adaptable. The experience of winning shows you how to cope with the pressure on Sunday when you are at the top of the leaderboard, and you can see that you have a good chance of winning. Athletes can also face challenges arising from physical injury and/or illness, conflict in the team, and challenges in their private lives. The ability to be flexible and adaptable is important in all these situations.