For the lot of us, sports are a top-notch form of entertainment. However, many will also agree that sports in general, are a great metaphor for life. Just like in sports, life has plenty of ups and downs, constant challenges, and endless adversities. So with that said, one can say that sports are more than just a form of entertainment, but it can also teach us some valuable life lessons.
Here are some of the motivational things that you can learn from the most successful sports teams in history:
Learning and Mastering the Basics
Before you can play any sort of sports, learning the basics is an absolute must. For example in basketball, you need to learn how to dribble, pass and shoot the ball before you can hope to be the next Michael Jordan. You learn the basics and you master them so you can play at an acceptable level. The same is true with life. You must also learn the basics in order to achieve what you want from life.
Being Prepared Both Mentally and Physically
Elite sports teams know that you can’t win games if you are not both prepared mentally and physically. You need to be physically sound in order to endure the grueling practice and highly demanding nature of many sports. Just as important, you need to have mental fitness so you can continue to be positive and have a winning mindset. One without the other is not acceptable, especially if you want to win both in sports and in life.
Being a Team Player
The best sports teams are those that can perform exactly as they are: a team. Winning games mean that each member should contribute and cooperate. While there is a merit in being able to work alone, being a team player is a must-have quality in life. Even legendary players won’t be able to reach success with involving his or her teammates. NBA All Star Shawn Marion talks about how important being a team player is in the video below, and discusses the importance of recognizing the team around you. This is something we should all be mindful to incorporate in our daily lives and businesses.
Never Give Up
Just how bad do you want it? Your favorite sports teams are not without their losses and defeats. But you know why they are considered the ‘greats?’ Because they did not give up and persevered. They did not give up on their chosen sports, and definitely not on themselves. In life, failures are simply roadblocks that are meant to be surpassed. The moment that you give up, that is the very exact time that you have lost.
Whether you are a sports fan or not, these lessons can be easily learned and applied to all areas of life, especially when it comes to running a successful business. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to tweet me @alimayar400!
- Ali Mayar