We love to play sports, well, at least most of us do. Sports isn’t only about displaying our athletic skills. Talk to any athlete, and they will tell you, apart from learning to play the game within the confines of the rules of the games, you also unknowingly teach yourself valuable life lessons.
Practice Makes You Better Than What You Were
Honing a skill isn’t only about perfecting the skills of the game. In sports, as in real life, pursuing the ideal is a valuable learning curve. Playing any sport will help you believe that honing a skill is valuable not only because you get better at the game. Besides that, it also proves to be a reward in itself.
So, playing a game sets your instincts so that when you get into the game. It completely changes your perception of the game and how instinctively you react to the game.
Learn about Commitment and Prioritization
As you hone your skills in a particular game, it requires large sacrifices on your part for both time and energy. It also requires commitment and prioritization on your part.
Read the biography or watch a biopic of a famous sports star, and you will know this universal truth. You will have to give up a certain amount of leisure time. So, you will have to know how you can map the energy and where you should expend the energy.
Let’s say you must nourish this discerning quality of knowing where to focus on and when to let go at that time. This skill you pick up from a sports field will also stand you in good stead for different walks of life.
Build-up The Team Spirit!
You sink and swim as a team. Yes, it’s a cliché, but sports teach you teamwork in ways beyond just learning to trust your teammates. It would help if you also learned to share the credit for success and failure in equal measure.
Being a good teammate does not mean you will score the goal every time, but it also means you have to pass on the ball to your fellow roommate.
If your teammate scores the goal, you will celebrate with every other teammate belonging to the team. If your teammate fails to score the goal, instead of holding a grudge against that person. You have to forgive and move on. Learning to accept the good and the bad with a sporting spirit is a skill you pick up from a sports field itself.
Taking a risk may fetch you rich dividends, or it may not. The point is you still have to take risks as and when possible. As it happens on the sports field, you take a risk, and you may end up scoring the winning goal.
It happens inside a sports field and outside too. But sports give you many risk-taking opportunities to choose from. And when you get constant exposure to these opportunities, you develop a knack for it; it sharpens your instincts and tells you when is the right time to go for the shot and stop.
Winning is Important But Not the Most Important Thing
Sports teaches you the art to stumble, fall, pick yourself, and start once again. And not to forget the value of failure. All athletic pursuits include interludes of failure and success. Remember, whichever game you may be playing, you have to accept failure with resilience and success with humility.
Accepting that you may not be able to win every game you play. However, you still have to try and try again till you reach the position of comfortable detachment. Well, it’s not that you stop feeling bad about losses, but you are in a position to move on, work hard and come back stronger. This is just what you see in life, too, not get too overwhelmed with failures or too deliriously happy with the wins. Life throws curveballs at you, and you have to be smart enough to face it with resolve and fortitude.
There you see sports teach life lessons in a unique way that are useful both on and off the field. Also, last but certainly not least mental toughness is something you pick from the sports field itself. This quality allows a player to stay focussed and dip deep even when you may be physically challenged and fatigued.