Has it really been four years since the last World Cup? It’s hard to believe but here we are once again in the midst of a month of World Cup games, sporting our team colors and boasting team pride. What is it about sporting events that bring out such strong patriotism and loyalty?
Fans are watching the games and in addition to seeing their teams win or lose, they are also coming in to work with some important lessons learned. Soccer may not necessarily seem like a teaching-moment, but you’d be surprised.
Some take-aways from the World Cup:
- Preparation is key. You can’t step onto the field without practicing any more than you can step into a board meeting without preparing. Whether it’s months of practicing on the field or weeks of research and rehearsal, remember, practice makes perfect.
- It’s all about teamwork. Yes, there may be some star players on your team but at the end of the day, it’s the combined efforts of all of your players that help you succeed.
- The game isn’t over until the clock runs out (and sometimes even after it does). Even if you miss the goal the first time, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the game. It just means you have to work harder to achieve your goal (pun intended).
- The converse is also true. Just because you’re winning doesn’t mean you’ve won. You still have to show up and give it your all. Resting on your laurels is never in vogue.
- However, sportsmanship is always in style.
What lessons have you taken away from this year’s games?