One of the greatest learnings that are obtained through the practice of a sporting discipline is knowing that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and that does not mean that you are no longer valuable as a human being.
The constant and disciplined practice of a sport strengthens personal values, applicable to all dimensions of the human being: perseverance, faith in oneself, sacrifice to achieve goals, teamwork, solidarity and trust.
Sport is essentially a game, a playful activity. In the New Zamora Autodidactic Encyclopedia , in its volume of Sciences of the Society, Sports section, it is said that the game is a happy, optimistic and full manifestation of the vital energy of the human being. The game, practiced together, fosters friendship and healthy coexistence, develops initiative and the personality of those who play it. Today it is possible to see the game and the sport in this way. According to this same encyclopedia, in ancient times the game developed more as a form of adaptation of man to a harsh environment and to a nature that overwhelmed him with its strength.
The sport has existed since the game was regulated, it is not a recent phenomenon. The ancient Greeks are the fathers of today’s sport. Sadly, modern life, with all its benefits, has turned man into a sedentary being, perhaps a little easier, for the same possibility of having everything within reach without much sacrifice. To you, who are a father, I share why sport is a discipline that forms the character of your children, not for a day, but for a lifetime:
Discipline and perseverance
. These are perhaps the values most attributed to sport, and are undoubtedly implicit in its exercise. When I see the children of today, who even find it difficult to have lunch in the dining room, carry their lunch box (lunch container), clean their shoes or do anything that implies a sacrifice, no matter how small, I think that incorporating them into a sports practice It would be a great option to help them lead their daily life with greater strength, which in the long run will allow them to prepare with integrity and confidence in themselves, in order to take on the challenges of their future life. In the following link you can read other ways to prepare your children for daily life.
Promotes the skills required in working life
. Today companies are not only looking for people with academic qualities and specific knowledge. Emotional intelligence has gained much force, and organizations are aware that it is easier to teach knowledge than to develop personal values and skills. Teamwork, strategic thinking and leadership are essential qualities to join work life and, believe it or not, sports such as soccer, volleyball and basketball can develop these aspects in your children.
Chess, for example, is a sport that strengthens strategic thinking; that is, the ability to see beyond, to anticipate problems and to solve them in the most practical and convenient way. People with these qualities are the present and the future of humanity. Read here other ways to promote values in the lives of your children.
. How many people are anchored in their losses and cannot bear disappointments, do not learn from their mistakes or do not know how to lose? Sport not only teaches that there is always revenge, that there is always another possibility or a new opportunity, but it also teaches that, through loss, growth is found, the path to a wiser, stronger being. . Sport teaches “learning from mistakes”. In football, for example, many are the technical directors who after a match meet with their players to review the plays in search of errors, and they do so in order to improve their tactics and strategy, to propose new ways of arriving to the objective and to strengthen the shortcomings. Finally, sport illustrates how to selflessly recognize the triumph of the other.
Ideas for a successful project
The younger the child, the easier it will be to incorporate him into a sporting discipline and to internalize it with greater success. Do it little by little, initially once or twice a week.
Look for a sport that the little one likes, and that sees it, also, as the possibility of being distracted and having fun, of learning by playing. Don’t forget that sport is a game.
Be tolerant with the child, allow him to lose, that sport does not become a means to pressure him, because he already has too much with his school activities. You have to go calmly, he will little by little giving his best.
Sport teaches many other valuable things, but, without a doubt, one of the greatest learnings that is obtained through its practice is to know that, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and that does not mean that you stop being valuable as human being.