Posted on Aug 08, 2007 | Comments 2
You can improve your personal growth with sports because you learn so many lessons on the field or court.
You need to learn how to work as a team, how to feel supported by others, how to support others, and how to accept winning/losing in a graceful way.
It helps kids became more social and it also helps them build lasting relationships.
As you grow, you take those lessons and you learn from it. It also teaches you the difference between listening and hearing.
Significance of Listening in Sports
For those who are not aware of the fact that hearing is the act of picking up vibrations and turning them into sound bits. Listening happens to be where you can understand those messages into phrases and sentences. You get the message, sort of speak.
With listening you will not only hear someone talking, but you are listening to them and following directions. When it comes to sports, you have to know when to listen to someone and when you should listen to yourself.
You need to learn when to follow instructions and when to give instructions. The key to sports is that it makes you a good leader. A good leader knows when to speak and when to listen.
They know when to get ideas from teammates and when they need to give their team direction. You can improve your personal growth because it teaches you how to be a good leader.
You will lose if are not a good leader. After a couple loses, you see what it takes to bring the team to victory. Also, when you are part of a team you get to know different people. It also teaches you how to deal with certain people.
If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs you have basic needs, safety, social, self esteem, and self actualization. When it comes to sports, you satisfy your basic needs by having a team.
You get the attention and time required to become a good athlete. You also get guidance needed to play the sport.
Then for safety, you are taught how to play the game safely. You may also feel safe in a group to tell others how you feel and come up with your own ideas. There are so many people in a board room who do not speak because they are afraid to be judged.
They don’t recommend good ideas because they are afraid. Sports teach you how to let people know your ideas irrespective of being judged.
It helps you feel comfortable speaking up. Then for social needs, sports let you to feel like you are apart of something. It makes you feel important because you have a role and you need many other people to help you and there are many other people who are depending on you.
Sport teams are a support system. If you get use to being part of a support system you won’t feel so awkward in new situations and you will also understand you role in the group easier.
Teams also help with self esteem. Self esteem is the most important part of the hierarchy. If you don’t have self esteem then you can never make it in the world and have fulfillment.
Sports give you self esteem so that you can be secured with who you are. You need to find a way that will make you feel good about yourself and sports is the ticket.
When you win in sports you feel so good about yourself, but if you lose, it can be a little hard to accept. It’s the same way when it comes to goal setting.
You will be able to set your goals and then if you fail, from being in sports, you will know how to pick up and accept your defeat, but still reach for better things.