I’m sure you’ve heard sport is good for your health but that’s not all. Sports are ideal to teach the life skills needed to make the most out of our potentials. One can not “learn” skills like courage and determination and we are not born with them. Instead, they are developed within certain environments, sports being one of them. Team sports cultivate abilities like team collaboration and communication but one should not underestimate the skills learned from individual sports. Research shows that regular, individual sports activity even at a low level, has a positive and long-lasting effect on areas such as entrepreneurship, desire for success, and ambition in life in general.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most important skills learned and cultivated through sports, skills that will make you stand out in many areas of life!
Life will knock us all back at times, and some will have a much harder time than others. That’s just the way that life works, and as Rocky famously said – “it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. This is such a true quote concerning how life works, and when it comes to an individual sport, it is down to you to pick yourself and brush off the agony of defeat and setbacks.
Much like life, most of the time there is nobody who is going to pick up the pieces for you, although many don’t learn this skill. Many people become content in letting life kick them around, which is always a surefire way to live an average life and never achieve much. Having the resilience to keep pushing forward no matter what is a critical skill, and it really can be learned by individual competition.
You may not plan on a career as a gamer or professional poker player, but according to this blog article at Australia-Casino, independence is a much-needed skill even for poker players. The question is not only how to develop independence but also how to turn it into a skill that will move your career, or life, forward. Team sports by definition require more focus on team players than independence and there is always the possibility that someone else will step up to the mark if you are having an off day. In a team, there’s also other people sharing things such as travel arrangements, organizing kit to play in, scheduling games, and many other factors. In an individual sport, however, it is all up to you. You really need to take sole responsibility for all of these things. Individual sports such as tennis teach you to stand on your own two feet and organize these sorts of things for yourself rather than sitting back and letting somebody else take care of it. This is precisely why independence can lead to the emergence of entrepreneurship too, for you learn to take care of things by yourself.
Courage is the ability to face difficulties in situations of fear. We also need courage to overcome rejection and failure. No one really knows where the idiom “Get back on the horse” comes from but according to the Grammarist, it became popular in the mid-twentieth century. Today it’s often used for situations that require a lot of courage, something most of us need every day. The question is what’s the best environment to cultivate courage? There’s no dancing around it – it takes guts to participate in individual sports. One of the hardest things to learn in life is that you will not always win. Nobody is coming to save you unless you manage things yourself first, which is precisely what individual competition does for people. You learn the courage to go out there and give it your all day after day, with the knowledge that if you lose, it is solely down to you.
On the flip side, if you win, all of the rewards are down to just yourself too. Regardless of the end result, it does take courage to compete against others you may be better than you are, and you need the courage to actually believe that you are capable of victory in the first place. This is one of the key skills in life, for whether you believe you are capable of something or you aren’t, you will always be correct.
This is a tricky one because many people associate accountability with what you have promised to others. With individual competition, however, accountability means that you have to hold yourself accountable for the outcome. This is difficult to comprehend for some, as many people believe that there will always be someone to help them cross the line, whether it’s at work or in relationships.
In an individual sport, however, this safety net is removed and you only have yourself to hold responsible for the outcome. Being accountable for your own results is paramount in life, whether it is for your health, your professional success, or anything else.
Our fifth and final point in this article is determination, which is a key ingredient to achieve anything in life. Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, basically meaning that you are born into wealth and everything gets handed to you, you are going to need the determination to get anywhere.
Determination gives you the vision of where you are going and sets the foundation for all of the things that you are prepared to do to get to where you want to go. Without it, you won’t amount to much. With it, the sky’s the limit!
As you can see, there are many reasons to do sports – we just gave you five more!