26 May How to enjoy your career as much as the games
Many Athletes have a unique upbringing and early life. From the time they’re young to the time they’re done with athletics, much of their time is spent physically and mentally preparing their minds and bodies respectively. After this preparation, for most, comes the fun part: competition.
Competition teaches us how to cooperate as a team, commit properly, manage our nerves and fears, have good self-esteem, be a good winner and loser, set and achieve goals, take risks, play by the rules and about a thousand other constructive life-lessons.
But because of how much fun competition is, this side effect of competition can actually be a bit of stumbling block for some former athletes as they venture out into their lives after sports. Though it’s not the case for every single former athlete, some do indeed find it difficult to approach their post-competition career with the same mindset they did with their chosen sport.
It’s not that these former athletes don’t know how to conduct themselves in a professional environment, it’s that the intensity and endorphin rush associated with competition just isn’t initially there when they’re at a desk, conference room or meeting.
While this is a challenge for many, it shouldn’t be seen as an insurmountable obstacle. Sometimes doing simple things like reminding yourself that you’re the one in control of the situation, realizing you’ve already achieved so much and reaffirming your goals can go a long way in helping former athletes get over these post-competition mental hurdles.
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