Saturday, November 05, 2016

Top Ten Life Lessons I Learned Watching Sports

I'm a sports fan for most sports professional and college. I do my best to follow the current events. There are life lessons I learned since I watched sports as a child. I wrote blogs inspired from sporting events such as The San Francisco Giants playing Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, and Alex Smith's first year with head coach Jim Harbaugh in the NFL 2011-2012 season.

Obviously one sports life lesson is hard work. I add the adverb "intelligently". Work hard intelligently. Dedication is also important. The player must go all-in his or her sport to be successful. Learn. Repeat. Practice. Repetition. Learn, repeat, practice, and repetition intelligently.

Here are the top ten life lessons I learned watching sports:

10. Curses Are Meant To Be Broken. Congrats to the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. The last time the Cubs won was 1908. Congrats to the Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series after their last world series win in 1918. The Cubs' curses billy goat in the 1945 World Series, black cat in 1969, and Steve Bartman in the 2003 National League Championship Series are forgiven and forgotten. The bottom line is nothing bad lasts forever curses or no curses.

9. Rest. Stay Healthy. Rest is important to stay healthy. Rest minimizes the chances for injuries. Days off are important. Athletes are not super humans. Sleep and rest are important.

8. Strong Core. The San Francisco Giants World Series wins in 2010, 2012, and 2014 are a good example of a strong core. Nine players were part of the three world championships. These players established a strong starting pitching rotation, a strong relief pitching bullpen, and top hitters at the heart of the batting order. A key factor for any success is a solid foundation, a solid core, or a group of reliable people.

7. Redemption. One of my favorite words. A team has another chance to correct mistakes. A player has another chance to forget being the goat and become the hero. There are endless future opportunities to succeed after mistakes.

6. Streaks And Slumps. Nobody's perfect. Life is not perfect. Sports are not perfect. No team wins 100% of their games. No player shoots 100% success. Winning streaks and bad slumps are part of the game. Winning streaks and bad slumps are part of life.

5. Be Professional. Professional expectations are high in all major league sports. Players act, behave, perform, and communicate professionally. They play professionally when we watch sports at the stadium or on television. They're having fun. They're also working. They're performing at the highest professional level. All success requires professionalism.

4. Consistency. The team plays their game. The players perform to their strengths. Coaches plan their games to their team's strength. Consistency is the key. Avoid being streaky. Never deviate out of the game plan. Good moments come to a person living a consistent life.

3. Be Calm. Moreover, consistency includes being calm. Avoid playing desperate. Desperation plays rarely succeed. Teams rarely play the final minutes, final quarter, final inning, or final period being desperate. Almost always losing teams continue to follow their game plan. There are exceptions such as playoffs.

2. Good Coaching. Coaching is important for the players to succeed. Coaches keep their players focused. Coaches correct a player's mistake. Coaches place their players at the best opportunities to succeed. Coaches teach their players what it takes to become successful. Coaches are like mentors. People need mentors to become successful.

1. Support. Nobody succeeds alone. Successful people need support from other people such as advice, assistance, favors, and a listener. Coaches are also a player's support. Players support each other because the team wants to win. Players watch each other's backs. Players stand with other players in bad moments. Players complement other players for good plays.


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