When we exert our bodies through sports, we train our bodies and mind in a myriad of ways. Sports have always been considered a very important and essential part of growing up, of physical development, and of a healthy life. But there are a host of other ways in which sports activities help us grow and develop. These come in the form of training our mind and our virtues. We are able to

“To be the best, you have to constantly be challenging yourself, raising the bar, pushing the limits of what you can do. Don’t stand still, leap forward.” – Ronda Rousey

This quote by professional wrestler sums up exactly how sports help us in personal growth. The very nature of sports is such that it demands evolution. And you can evolve only if you put in continued efforts, time, and energy into each task you pick up.

The training regimen strengthens and becomes more intricate as the weeks pass and the sportsperson climbs up the ranks. So with each passing day, you need to put in an extra amount of effort. You learn something new, and you fail at something new. But it is all good because, at the end of the day, you will come home successful in that you understand how incredibly necessary stepping out of comfort zones is.

An exercise that you may have grown to be comfortable with in the past few days will be changed up to test you again. A warm-up routine that you feel comfortable with can be twisted to truly test your muscles – that’s how well sports activities teach us resilience even when we are entering new grounds and areas.

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams

The sportsperson who said this, Venus Williams, needs no introduction. The path she has been able to blaze for generations of young sportspersons is remarkable, to say the least. Sports activities involve extreme training sessions and routines. There are times when athletes break down under the pressure of it all.

And then, there are days when whatever amount of effort they put into things, it all feels hopeless. In the face of defeat, people are way too quick to judge an athlete by the loss and not the sheer amount of dedication put in, in order to reach there in the first place. But even after all this, an athlete learns to establish belief in themselves. They understand that if they do not learn to trust their efforts now, they will not be able to stand up for themselves when someone else doesn’t.

And most importantly, when we harbor self-confidence and self-esteem even in the toughest of times, we become adept at endurance. We endure the exertion, the mental efforts, and we rise above it all.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. It is all a matter of discipline.” – Wilma Rudolph”

Discipline is a word that people love to throw around. It carries a huge weight. In all of our lives, whatever we like and whatever goal we are pursuing, discipline is one ingredient we cannot afford to skimp out on. Discipline instills in us a sense of duty. We feel the need and the compulsion to go out on the field, pick up ourselves, and get practicing. We can apply this sense of duty in all aspects of our lives as well.

Whatever task or project we take on, we wish to do full justice to it. But when it comes to actually go about it, we slack off. We make excuses. We procrastinate. But through sports, we learn to appreciate the art of discipline. When we add sports to our daily lives, we can learn all these virtues and more. We grow holistically as a person – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

These brilliant women who have excelled in the games of their choice show us time and again how sports can be truly life-changing for us. So if you are looking for inspiration to start playing a sport, let this be it! Go on, excel, and shine on!