Confidence is something that you either have or don’t have. There are people who radiate confidence, and they seem always to know what they are doing and where they are going in life. But just because you do not feel like a confident person all the time does not mean that there are not things that you can do to change that fact.
How to Build Confidence Through Sports
Playing sports is one way to help build and maintain confidence. If you look at all the world-class level athletes that are out there, they always project an air of confidence and walk with their head held high. Learning to “walk the walk” is important because walking with your head held high and your shoulders back will make you feel more filled with energy while walking with your head down and dragging your feet will make you feel like a loser.
Many studies have been done on the effects of young people playing sports and the impact that it has on their confidence levels. Sports help us to come out of our shells and challenge the limiting presumptions that they might have developed.
There are many theories as to what helps build self-esteem, but most of them point back to areas where someone feels confident about themselves. When we enroll children into sports, we teach them a new skill. Team building activities are practiced, and we teach children how to work hard until they become proficient at a particular task.
With football, for example, we must condition our bodies to withstand the physical requirements of the game. When we put in the hard work to make sure that we can compete, such as running for extended periods of time and lifting heavy objects, we gain a feeling of pride. Having a crowd, which is common at sporting events, cheer children on reinforces the way that they are feeling about themselves.
Developing Coping Skills Through The Game
Sports also play a significant role in helping children learn coping skills. Even the best sports players sometimes lose. Learning how to lose is an important skill because it teaches us humility.
Sports are important in building up the character of a child. The positive role that playing a sport brings to their lives leaves a lasting effect on how they see themselves for a long time.
There is still some debate, as there probably always will be, on the importance of building up confidence in children. We all know that we need to feel self-assured in ourselves, but getting to that place is not always easy. This is where sports come in. They teach us that if we work hard at something then over time we will become good at it. It also teaches the incredible feeling of having a crowd cheer you on for doing something that you are good at.
Sports play a major role in building a child’s confidence, and their usefulness should not be overlooked. Yes, there are other ways to encourage self-esteem building, but getting a child to play a sport will also help with their physical needs.