5 Most Important Lessons I Learned During My Soccer Career
I am truly thankful that I grew up playing soccer and sports in general. There are hidden life lessons in every practice I attended, game I played in, bruise or broken bone I got. I will carry these lessons with me for the rest of my life.
But while you are still playing I think it’s important to pause every once in a while, look around and take it all in. Be grateful for the opportunity to play the beautiful game.
Here are five of the most important lessons I learned throughout my soccer career:
1. Depend on your team
Rely on them and be dependable enough so they can rely on you too. Make sure you all know what your team goals are and work towards them constantly.
Be there for each other and have as much fun as you can.
2. Attitude is everything
Your playing career is what you make of it. Do your best to be the greatest person and soccer player you can be.
More often than not, you won’t have a good time or be successful if people can’t stand to be around you. How you handle adversity is a good determination of what your attitude is.
3. Communication is vital
I can’t stress communicating enough. If you never ask, you will never know. Everyone you meet can teach you a lesson so talk to him or her.
Learning about how valuable communication was in soccer made me really recognize and appreciate how important it is in daily life.
4. Winning isn’t everything but it certainly is more fun
No team goes out on the field with the goal of losing the game. However, losing has the uncanny ability to put you in your place and teach you a lesson.
Winning a championship after overcoming countless obstacles and experiencing a lot of losses is a feeling unlike any other. Whatever the outcome, don’t be a sore-loser or a sore-winner.
5. Understand your limits
Pain can be a good teacher, but there is a fine line where you can play through it and where you really need to take time out and let an injury heal. Listen to your doctors and trainers and most importantly, your body. Figure out your limits.
Take the necessary time off and work on your physical therapy as hard and as often as possible. Take care of yourself.