Sports teach us a lot of cool lessons—shooting the ball, passing the ball, hitting the ball, scoring a goal or a basket, and flying through the air and landing with a smile. The lessons you will learn from Jacksonville cheerleading, in particular, will help you achieve more in life. But aside from the physical lessons, it’s the values instilled in you that will make a difference to who you will be in the future.
Here are some of the most important life lessons that cheerleading can teach you:
Failure is just the beginning
Every time we fail, we pity ourselves and begin to be scared to do something new or trying something different. Failures are just the beginning of something great. Don’t you believe that when something is taken away from you, it’s because you are being prepared for something better? You will fail a lot of times in cheerleading. Even the head cheerleader doubts herself most of the time. But knowing that these failures will just catapult you to bigger things makes the process easier.
Teamwork will get you places
No matter what industry you’re in, a job will always demand for you to work together with a group. That’s why most abstract reasoning exams and personality development tests will ask you a series of questions about working well with others. It’s because you will be working with others—your boss, your department, and even the lady who cleans the powder room. Being able to work together with all of them—from the executive to the maintenance—will give you a better understanding of that adage “two heads are better than one.”
Discipline is the core strength
Discipline and commitment will take you places. If you are disciplined enough, you will be at the practice facility on time. By then, you would have memorized what you’re supposed to do. This is not something that your coach will egg you on. The coach has to see that you have the leadership quality that can help the team.
Taking care of your health is no small feat
As a Jacksonville cheerleading member, you have to take care of yourself. Remember how hard it was to get into the team? That’s how you’re supposed to act each day in practice—like the membership can be taken away from you. You will notice there’s a different surge on how you are taking care of yourself when a competition is about to take place. As a cheerleader, you should be careful with your health all-year-long, and not just when there’s a competition in the near future.