We all get super excited with a sure shot of adrenaline rush whenever somebody talks about our favorite sport. In India, cricket is an “emotion” in itself, and we all have to agree with that hands down! We pour our hearts to cheer, to support, to engage and to enjoy.
Spectators and fans consider it as a part of their personal life - every victory being an exhilarating experience. For the players, crowd-participation is the driving force, it’s motivating, it brings thrill and inspiration. It is undeniable that the players harbor the emotions of an entire nation as they set foot on the playground.
Hence, the team is bound to feel a pull down each time they cannot give their best. A poor end of season performance equates to a massive feeling of ‘loss’ for many. It is seen as a ‘lost’ opportunity, a ‘lost’ reputation.
This feeling is not alien to our life routine too. Connecting the dots in real life, every time we invest ourselves to a goal or a set target, the bull’s eye is nothing but the victory, surrounding ourselves with internal as well as external pressure. This journey withholds equal amounts of excitement, struggle and dismay, making it no less than an adventure. Sports holds big lessons for life and so does life, for sports.
If one wants to obtain a high degree of confidence and quickly bounce back after a setback, they need to keep their head strong, have a mindset that picks them up rather than shames their fall. In the game and in life, there’s always another competition, another day, another opponent.
At the face of this, prepare yourself for failure as much as for success. Celebrate your victories but never feel ashamed of your defeats. As they say, “It’s always the lessons in life that keep repeating until you learn them.” – We ought to be thankful for every new lesson, new perspective encountered and every opportunity that tests our strength - because it only makes us stronger. You need to identify what is under your control and what only time can control. You need to stop victimizing yourself for anything that went south. As the world of spectators see you lose, they await to witness your win too!