Your sport is not necessarily your whole life. It’s only a part of who you are and what you do.
Your coach shouldn’t just coach you on how to train and compete, but rather teach life skills.
This morning, I really struggled at practice. Besides feeling sore from the day before, mentally, I was already defeated. Tears were streaking down my cheeks running around the track. My coach pulled me aside to talk to me, give me a pep talk. He always stresses to everyone to stay positive, because he believes in all of us and sees what we are capable of.
Life hits you harder than sports. The frustration I was feeling at practice doesn’t compare to something bad happening in your personal life. But, it was in this practice that I had to learn to be strong. I couldn’t just quit and walk away from my team who always supports one another. In life, I can’t just walk away from my responsibilities such as my schoolwork and eventually my job! Crying and walking away only makes your situation worse.
What you learn in your sport should prepare you for life. Being able to push through, overcoming those mental barriers, going above and beyond all expectations will better you not only as an athlete but as a person. I’ve been knocked down, but life won’t stop just for me to get back on my feet. It’s going to keep going no matter what.
However, you are in control. You take the reins and go in the direction you want to go in.