In life too, you have to take charge for your own actions. Sports make you better equipped to handle your problems and take charge.
Through sports you learn to respect – your coach, your teammates, the referee and even your opponents.
You learn to acknowledge that sometimes your opponent might be better.
You learn that without respect winning doesn’t mean anything. In life, without respecting others you cannot get anywhere.
In such situations you learn to overcome adversity and temporary failures.
Life too isn’t fair and much of it involves overcoming setbacks.If you want to get better at school or get a raise at your workplace, the only way you can do it is by hard work. We are always taught to dream big but what we don’t realize most often is that our dreams don’t work unless we do. In the sport of basketball, you cannot succeed unless you believe in yourself and your teammates. You must believe you will make that crucial free throw or make the buzzer-beater, which will win you the game. Coordination and teamwork is an essential part of any team.Similarly in life, we only grow if we are willing to contribute, share and cooperate.Basketball has played a major role in shaping the person I am today.While most people generally believe that sports only teach you how to win games or be physically strong, I believe sports have a far greater impact on your life.As the adage goes, “If you play your heart out for what your jersey says on the front, people will remember what it says on the back.” Sports teach you to overcome adversity.What might, in your opinion, be a wrong call by the referee may cost you a game or your key players might injure themselves before an important game and upset your game plan.Learning discipline will help throughout your life, whether it’s studying every day for a test or doing your work ahead of time. Excuses don’t work (no matter how ‘valid’ they are).In order to balance sports and other activities, you have to make certain sacrifices. Sacrifices need to be made at every step in order to achieve what you aspire to.You can never give up – not on the game, not on your team, not on yourself. In life too, there will be a million occasions where you will want to take the easy way out and give up. This is what we learn from sports – to never give up.In basketball sometimes you have to step up, you have to take the decision to make the game-winning shot in a close game. You have to take responsibility to stop that shot to avoid overtime in the final seconds of the game.