When joining a sports discipline, the first thing that is required from you as a student is Self-discipline. Discipline is the essential foundation for any sport because it builds a student’s character to help them focus and attain the ability to work towards archiving their targets without any distractions. Beyond sports, discipline is also instrumental to succeeding in other areas of life.
No matter what sports you play, be it jiu-jitsu, basketball, soccer, volleyball, or even gymnastics, you will come to realise that discipline is one of the most essential keys to succeeding as an athlete.
At Gracie Sydney we believe that participating in sports early in life also creates a lifelong sense of discipline in children. Coaches in particular, play an important role in instilling discipline in young students. Coaches should be aware of this responsibility, and show their students the benefits they can get from being disciplined. Moreover, discipline isn’t about age and the particular stage of life you started participating in sports, it can be developed by everyone who is dedicated and willing to adopt its characteristics.
If you ask any successful athlete about their road to success, the first thing they’ll say is, ‘discipline’ and how it has worked and paved the road for them to be where they are right now. Being great at something often requires countless hours of hard work. In sport, while natural talent is important, it can only take you so far. Whether you’re on the pitch, in the ring, in a team, or competing solo, it’s hard work that takes you from being a ‘good player’ and ‘talented’ to being ‘legendary’. This work takes discipline.
WHAT DISCIPLINE TEACHES US
Not all sportspeople go professional. The ones that do understand the importance of discipline. The ones that don’t use the discipline they learned in sports to be successful in other aspects of their life, whether that’s continuing to improve their sport, teaching others as a coach, or on a different path. Discipline teaches us a lot about the harder parts of life.
IT TEACHES US ABOUT SACRIFICE
Discipline often means cutting out instant gratification for long-term success when necessary. This can be anything from TV, video games, and food, to time with friends and other hobbies. Having discipline means you’re able to concentrate on your end goal: to be the best at the sport you love. This is useful when studying for exams or having to do things you would rather not do.
IT TEACHES US ABOUT LOSS
Losing as an athlete is inevitable. Maybe you’re feeling under the weather or today just wasn’t your day. Sometimes the other team or competitors were simply better than you. As an athlete, you have to deal with this and move on.
WE LEARN HOW TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS
In sport, there are no shortcuts. You have to put the work in if you want to make it. Michael Jordan’s story is famous. He’s often noted as one of the best athletes of all time, but he didn’t even make it onto his high school basketball team. Coaches told him he wasn’t good enough or tall enough to play varsity.
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