5 Educational Lesson gained from Sport

Juan Antonio Samaranch who served as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980–2001 made the following statement at the 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremony:

3- Sport is Education

Sport plays a vital role in the world not because what we get externally from it (personal glory, trophies, etc.) but rather from what we gain internally. It is often said, “you get out of an experience from what you put into it.” Provided you commit a maximum effort to athletics you will certainly gain ab abundance of Educational benefits that will serve you for a lifetime. Here are my top 5:

  • 1-Winning- Regardless of a win and loss record sport provides opportunities to achieve your personal and team goals.
  • 2-Humility- When we win, everyone is going to tell us how great we are. We can either humbly accept their admiration or eventually be humbled when our athletic skills inevitability diminish or we encounter an opponent who is bigger, stronger and faster.
  • 3-Failure. More important that learning how to deal with success is how we deal with our defeats. Anyone can handle winning. Life is easy when your king of the mountain. What really defines a man or a woman is how they deal with adversity. When life gets hard (and it will) you learned in a gym or on the field no never quit, to Keep Choppin’. When you lose you are also forced to look inside yourself and find a way to improve. Losing is a much better teacher than winning.
  • 4-Sacrifice & Discipline- Coaches, Athletes and anyone connected to the team makes so many sacrifices along the journey. Time, Money, Diet, and personal comforts are just a few of the pleasures we forsake for the betterment of ourselves and our teams. If you want results in sport or in life you had better discipline yourself and get rid of the distractions that are in the way of you becoming the best version of yourself.
  • 5-Controallables- In sport and in life there are so many things you cannot control. The weather, calls made by officials or the size and strength of our opponents are a few. Rather than focusing on the external sport teaches you that we can always control our level of effort and our attitudes. If you want to win the game or receive that promotion at work, no one is going to hand it to you and you won’t achieve results from sitting on the couch. You’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and attack each day with a positive attitude! While we cannot control our circumstances we can always control how we respond to an event. How we deal when we strike out or drop a pass helps mold and shape us for life when we receive some bad news or have to deal with something we don’t like.
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