Life Lessons from Sports
Posted: January 16, 2016 in Attitude, choice, Energy, inspiration, Life, Uncategorized
Very good words of advise from a mom to her kids.
Some of the life lessons I hope my kids learn from sports…
- Life is not fair. No matter how hard you work or how much you want to win, sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. You are not a gladiator; you will not die from losing.
- Coaches (like teachers, bosses, etc) usually have favorites and or know some other player’s family, etc. Get over it. You cannot change that. Do your best and move on.
- Referees (judges, bosses, parents, and anyone else that settles disputes) are human. They make mistakes, they possibly might make a bad call based on their mood, they might have bad information, they might not understand the rules. Get over it. Accept the decision and get on with the game.
- You are special. But you are not irreplaceable. No matter how great you are, there is someone else who can play third base, run a forklift, manage a budget, or complete the project. You have to earn your position (whether or not you believe anyone else has earned theirs) and keep earning it. Quit if you must, but do not think the sun will not rise without you.
- Some people are born with more talent at various things than you, and some with less. But everyone can raise their level of performance through hard work and practice.
- No matter how good you are at what you do, odds are there is someone in the world better at it than you. That does not mean you cannot enjoy what you do.
- Bragging about yourself makes you look ridiculous.
- You do not have to understand WHY you have to do something. If your coach (parent, teacher, boss) tells you to do something, just do it. They probably do have a reason, and you will probably understand it as time goes by. But if you don’t, so what? Just make peace with not being in control of everything at every second and keep going.
- Win or lose, fair or not fair, do your best. The members of your team (family, co-workers, clients) deserve your best. You would hope the same from them.
- Ragging on your teammates or trash-talking the officials or opponents will not help anything, and it WILL make you look like a crybaby.
- Learn from your mistakes. Even better learn from the mistakes of others. Both are opportunities for you to improve your game.
- Finish strong. Even if you seem to be 20 points behind with a minute left on the clock, the game is not over until it’s OVER.