After this weekend winter sports will be officially over in most states. Spring sports are already a couple of weeks into practice and begin games next week. Summer will be here before you know it. While the goal is always to win and compete for championships, it is not the most important thing. This week we’ll discuss seven lessons athletes should take away from their season.
1. It’s about the relationships. When it’s all said and done, you’re going to remember the people you were around on a daily basis more than the scores of games. The relationships you’ve forged with coaches and fellow players will always hold a special place in your heart. Don’t take these relationships for granted.
2. Success is a journey, not a destination. One thing I’ve come to learn over the years is there is no stopping point. True success is not measured by wins and losses alone. It is doing the best you can to be best you can become. What you’ll learn to appreciate is that experiencing the journey is the greatest reward.
3. It’s okay to fail. Very few teams will win their last game, meet, or match. Even fewer will finish with an unblemished record. Sports teach us it’s okay to fail because it’s the only true way to become what we’re capable of. Each failure brings you one step closer to success.
4. Be an All-Star. Not everyone can be an all-star, but everyone can be an all-star in their role. No two people will have the same role on a team. In the public eye, one may appear more important than another. However, every successful team has members who embrace and excel in their role. No matter what career path you choose, always remember you can be in all-star in your role.
5. Be resilient. In the word’s of Rocky Balboa, “Life will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.” Sports teach you to become resilient. You learn to get up and get back at it the next day after a loss. Sports teach you there is no room for sympathy. You either become resilient and excel or you give in, quit, and get beaten down. Be resilient.
6. Character is more important than talent. Talent only takes you so far. The world is full of talented people who haven’t amounted to anything. Character will take you to the top. The best organizations care more about who you are than what you can do. Remember the character lessons sports have provided you and use them to accomplish great things professionally.
7. It takes a team. No matter what career you choose you will be a part of a team. It’s not the same as playing on a sports team, however many of the same principles will apply. Remember that you cannot do it alone. Great teams and great organizations are only as good as all of the team members. There can be no weak link in the chain. Always do your best and give your all. Be the individual who builds your teammates up. The more you give to your teammates and team, the more you’ll receive back.
Coaches, what lessons did I leave out? Players, what do you remember the most from your playing days? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
Coach Elmendorf is available to speak to your team, group, or organization. Please message him for details.