Today we are completely consumed by the concrete maze of the corporate world. In a time where most of us spend most of the day sitting in front of some screen, there is hardly any time for any physical activity. Moreover the technologies of today’s time that we have been accustomed to even eliminates the minimal physical activities. Parents these days are worried about kids who end up imitating them and sit at home all day and perhaps also spend the entire day in front of some screen. The good old way to get kids out of this trap is to introduce them to different sports, anticipating that they would fall in love with one of the sports and take it seriously.
This may be the most conventional and familiar way of pushing kids to set free from the bounds of electronic devices but it is also the most effective way. Sports surely encourage children to remain healthy and make them aware of physical fitness but it also has a bigger role to play in shaping the character of a kid. Sports implicitly teach a lot of life lessons that kids can follow all their lives.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.”
– Michael Jordan
ArctikCircle offers many online courses on games and sports where kids can learn these values. These life lessons leave such a lasting impact on the kids that they are more valuable than any number of value education classes taken in school. Kids learn through the situations they are faced with and they never forget these experiences. Here are 9 life lessons that kids learn through sports without even realizing it.
1. Early to bed, early to rise
Sports are the best way to teach kids Self Discipline. Once the kid starts liking football, and there is a football class at 6 in the morning, nothing can stop him from waking up early in the morning for the class. Sports can ignite this strong passion and like among kids.
Sports require constant training and practice which gets children into the habit of making schedules, prioritizing work, and following a routine. They become self-disciplined without anyone having to explicitly teach them what self-discipline is. That is the magic of sports.
2. Become the torch-bearer
Leadership skills are learned over a period of time, and can’t be taught in a day. Sports are the best means to learn this. It is very important to lift your teammate’s spirits when you are losing and cheer when you are winning.
Sports teach kids how they can motivate, encourage and boost the confidence of their fellow players to win and help them to sustain their motivation even after a loss. Sports require you to stand up for your teammates and take everyone together towards victory.
3. I will be there for you!
Teamwork is obviously a very essential part of team sports. It is not only your victory, it is the entire team’s victory, and also if it is a loss, it is the entire team’s loss. Kids learn how to collectively work, cooperate with each other, complement each other and achieve the common goal.
They learn that it is not always about your individual performance but more importantly it is about how the team performs as a whole. They learn how to always be there for their teammates so they can together attain their aim.
4. Yes I have done it
Accountability is a very important skill to build your career in the corporate world. Kids learn this very important skill at a very young age through sports. It is okay to commit mistakes but it is not okay to not own up to them. Sports teach kids just that. Kids learn how they are accountable for what they do.
In sports, we are accountable to our teammates for our actions while in life we are accountable to our families or the authorities where we work.
5. Try and Try till you succeed
It takes a lot of effort, practice, and patience to become good at a sport. Kids learn to never lose hope and keep trying until they achieve victory. Kids inculcate the never give up attitude which takes them a long way in life. They learn how to be self-motivated and determined throughout the process of mastering a sport.
It takes hard work to play a sport and win at it, so kids very quickly realize that indeed hard work is the only key to success.
6. Some Days you win, some days you lose to learn
Kids learn how to deal with failure. There are days when even after you put all your hard work you do not win, but instead of being disappointed by the loss, kids learn how to rise up again, learn from the mistakes and move forward.
They learn that even if they have lost today doesn’t mean they will lose tomorrow as well. They realize that some days they win, but some days even when they lose, they learn from their failures, improve themselves and try again the next day to win and succeed.
7. Be like Captain Cool
It is very important to have a strong and stable mind when you are on the field. Every decision taken on the field is very crucial to the game, while important decisions taken as an adult is crucial to your life.
It is very important to remain calm and composed while making these decisions as decisions taken in the whip of the moment can be very harmful. Decisions taken in a moment of overwhelming emotions are not well thought. Thus a sport teaches us to not lose calm and act to deal with the situation.
8. The Clock Never Stops
There is so much to do in so less time. Kids learn how the time is never going to pause and they need to manage all that they want to do in the time that they have.
Time management is a skill that many adults fail to master but sports can teach you that. With the self-discipline inculcated in the kids, they become more and more organized. These organization skills help them to balance their sports practice, academics, and other extracurricular activities. The clock never stops, neither do they.
9. First you lose in your mind, then on the field
It is very important to have a positive outlook in life, it is also important to have self-confidence. Just because the opponent seems stronger, thinking that we would lose to him makes you lose the match even before it starts.
This teaches how in life, no matter how hard the problem seems, it is not right to give up and accept defeat even before trying. A sport eliminates the fear of failure among kids as it encourages them to try even harder the next time if they do.
One important Life Lessons learned with this post is:
Sports not only help kids to be physically fit and active, but it also makes their mind exercise.
It is a life teacher in disguise, which shapes the entire character of a child. The personality of the child is defined by all the experiences encountered by him on the way of learning and playing that sport.
This spirit and dedication towards sports can’t be forced on children. But once they are exposed to this world, they are most likely to never leave it. Playing sports boosts their confidence, self-esteem and engulfs them with positive thoughts. It is endearing to see how kids can learn resilience, persistence, patience and other important values like these by just playing their favourite sport.