Playing is fun. Playing makes us happy, right? Playing sports has a lot of other benefits than just making us happy.
And we cannot deny the fact that playing sports makes us fit and healthy.
In this video I will discuss some of the amazing and surprising benefits of sports, in particular, competitive sports.
One of the major benefits I see is that competitive sports takes the fear out of competition.
It is quite common for us to have a pressure built up in our brain when there is competition.
And, in reality we will have to face competition at various stages and aspects of life.
With competitive sports, we get to see the nice side of competition. When we face the fear, we no longer fear it.
And over time, we get used to fear. This trait helps us to face competition in real life pretty well.
It takes fear and pressure out of the equation so we can give our full efforts towards winning a competition in real life.
The second thing is that you get to face success and failures and be graceful with accepting those.
Both successes and failures are quite common in real life situations. If we are not mentally prepared to face those, our life can get pathetic.
Which is why engaging in competitive sports is a great thing to train your mind to gracefully accept success and failures.
The third most important benefit is that competitive sports teaches us to try out new strategies and take risks in order to win.
In other words, I can say that it pushes you out of your comfort zone to try out new things in order to win.
It will motivate you to give your very best so you can overcome the strategies of your opponent and hence win.
The next benefit is that you see competition as competition without having to hate the competitor.
This is a very important trait that you need in your day today life.
If someone is your competitor, you don’t have to hate them. Rather you just focus on the winning game.
This puts a lot of positive vibe on the competition itself!
Hence, instead of spending your energy on hating someone who is your competitor, you divert that energy on the strategies you need to win.
With competitive sports you learn to take success without pride. Even though a few initial wins may give you some pride, you get used to it.
You work hard to succeed. You understand you deserve it. But you don’t take it for granted. You respect your success, and hence respect your hard work.
On the other hand, you don’t let failure belittle you.
You realize all the efforts you put in before failing. So you learn what works and what doesn’t.
This helps you to improvize on your strategies. Hence you start to learn from your failures rather than being depressed about them.
Finally, once you get in the game, work hard and earn your successes, this gives you loads of self confidence.
Rather than simply sitting inside a cave without trying anything, if you get in the game and put your effort, you know what you are capable of.
You understand that winning and losing are just part of the game and what matters most is your dedication, efforts and will power.
This will drastically improve your self confidence enabling you to face problems in life with guts.
Besides, playing any kind of sport helps you relax, refresh and recharge.
With any pressing problem, you can get a fresh perspective when you set aside the problem, and relax by playing a sport.
Many times when you get back to the problem, you will have a fresh perspective and better solutions too.
So if you have not yet been into a sport, choose anything that you like and start playing. It is so much fun and useful – not just for your body, but for your mind and life!