Sports is an insulated world. Athletes close themselves off to the outside to remain focused and remove distractions. To be the best we have to work hard, achieve results and perform. We’re not afraid of doing the hard work to produce the outcomes we desire. It’s that laser like focus that helps us achieve success in the most elite environments. Focus and dedication, the refusal to give in and give up are some of the most important qualities but while that laser like focus helps us become the best competitors in the world, it can also be a detriment to our relationships and developing interests outside of sport that can help us weather the storm when our performance on the field is suffering and it feels like the world is coming to an end.
The more we develop relationships outside of sport and the deeper our relationships go, the more resilient we become. It’s a lie to think that we can do it alone. We can’t. We need positive people in our lives to reinforce our worth and value, in turn, those positive people are attracted to us and we begin to build a community that cares. Sport naturally teaches us many great characteristics that help us perform better in sport, but unless we’re intentional about using sport developing characteristics that help us relate better with others and finding joy, we’ll continue living in the insulated world of sport that has limits us and our potential.