So in case you didn’t know, I play volleyball at Waldorf University. I have learned so many life lessons from playing sports throughout my high school and collegiate career, and I just wanted to share them with you!
- Hard work does pay off. As cliche as this sounds it is so unbelievably true. In my freshman year I maybe played 1 set the entire season and decided that wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted to play more (who wouldn’t?) so I worked extremely hard in the weight room during the spring season. When it came around to fall again I felt like a completely different player and started every match that season.
- It’s all mental. If you think you can or can’t makes a HUGE difference in how you play and act. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, how is anyone else suppose to believe in you?
- Teamwork makes the dream work. Your probably thinking well obviously, it’s a team sport. And yes, it’s a team sport, but it’s more than that. You have to believe in each other and push each other everyday to get better! There are so many girls on my team that I look up to even if they are my age or younger. Each girl brings something unique to the team whether it is dedication, knowledge, or abilities. No matter what setting it’s crucial to be able to rely on those around you!
- It also taught me the meaning of respect and discipline. We will come across people through our lives that we may not always favor, but it’s important to have understanding and respect for all. As far as discipline goes, I would be happy if I never heard the word “consequence” again! I had one coach who would always say, “Don’t make me say the C word.” Oh, how I am not a runner, lol.
Did you play sports in high school or college? What life lessons did you learn?