ACQUIRING THE SPIRIT OF SPORTSMANSHIP

ACQUIRING THE SPIRIT OF SPORTSMANSHIP

achamila press- by Dr. Lawson Victor Tom

What is the spirit of sportsmanship?

Sportsmanship: Fairness in following the rules of the game and respect for all involved. Competition, the act or process of trying to get or win something. Eventually in the end; at some time later.

Keep up the Spirit of Sportsmanship!

Life is tough and the journey is hardly smooth for everyone. People experience setbacks, commit irreversible mistakes, and sometimes, fail miserably. Often, they find themselves at crossroads and think about how they let themselves come to this point of life. There are situations when life seems gloomy as no one is supporting you. You feel as if this is the end of the road. And that’s where your sportsmanship would come to your rescue.

Sportsmanship teaches that it’s not necessary to win every battle in life rather, it’s necessary to take part in the game and keep trying. You might have lost a small battle, but if your spirit is still high, that means you have won an important battle the one that you fought within yourself.

Further, having a sporting spirit is not just about getting better than the opponent, but it’s also about enduring and persevering despite challenges along the way.

How do you develop a Sportsman Spirit?

You can:

1. Have a positive attitude.

2. Give your best effort.

3. Shake hands with the other team before and after the game.

4. Support teammates by saying “good shot” or “good try.” Never criticize a teammate for trying.

5. Accept calls and don’t argue with officials.

6.Treat the other team with respect and never tease or bully.

So, choose sportsmanship when the situations try to challenge you and make it a way of life. Once you start following it you will start giving importance to discipline and perseverance. It will motivate you to do your best and will also boost your confidence.

Strive to move forward in life with a strong sporting mentality and try to maintain balance in every situation, be it victory or failure. At such a point, their mind remains immersed in the super consciousness of God. These seekers are not distracted by worldly situations as they have attained the state of ‘Pure Intellect’. They have reached a state of Bliss, and their mind is steady without any desire. They delight in the ‘Self’ and disport in the Self enjoying various dimensions of life.

Why is it important to always have the spirit of Sportsmanship?

While a win is a step in the right direction, there are always more improvements that can be made. Athletes who win games must have the self-awareness that there will be more games in their future and they need to respect all participants of the game. The team or players who lose a game also need to show sportsmanship.

Their mind is not shaken by losses and failures. They do not hanker after victories and are free from fear and anger. And such men have real sportsmanship in them. Under any situation, they ‘move’, ‘learn’ and ‘discover’ to live a high-spirited life.

Dear readers, let your mind focus on what you are doing right now for survival.

Deal with Challenges through Sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship involves diverse aspects of a man’s character, the most essential being ‘respect’. A sportsperson respects both his teammates and opponents and plays the game with honesty. Likewise, a man of values respects all without any prejudice. A sportsperson is unselfish in his wish to see all his mates participate in the game fairly. Again, such a person is humble in victories, and has a wise perspective on losses.

In short, the virtues that go in to making a good human being are the same ones that contribute to being a high-spirited sportsperson.

In life too, man should try to work hard and play life wisely. Let not failures tarnish your character nor any victory make you egotistical. Always remember, life is all about performing your duties well and leaving the results in the hand of God.

So, do not worry about setbacks and failures. Just live like a virtuous sportsman to ‘move’, ‘learn’ and ‘discover’ fresh chapters in your everyday life.

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It is a question that call for urgent response.

Best Regards…

H. E. Dr. Lawson Victor Tom,
The Kingdom of New Atlantis Continental Ambassador to Africa and Nigeria

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