Sports teaches the basics of competition. It creates more than a mind-body connection: in any sports activity, your body relies on an almost instinctual response. Fast-paced sports like basketball and badminton require players to have a constant awareness of their positions and their surroundings.
It turns out, this awareness and the near-instant response of your brain serve well in the workplace. Being able to constantly rely on the power of your mind to solve problems is a great asset in any workplace or company.
Becoming a Beast Competitor in Work and Life
Hilary Swank discusses how sports gave her an opportunity to develop skills to constantly motivate her at work, and the endurance required to perform consistently. She also discusses how her mother was one of the people who influenced her work ethic and how she used this learning to obtain whatever she wanted.
This positive reinforcement from her mother had its advantages. She further discusses how being competitive can benefit anyone. In psychology, a healthy amount of stress is needed to engage an individual mentally.
A healthy amount of constant stress as a result of a competitive mindset is not only an important thing to consider in personal growth. A need to reinvent one’s self or change is just as important too.
If a person reaches a plateau in their growth, they need to be able to come up with ways to challenge themselves. Otherwise, they’d fall back into stagnancy and a constant decrease in their drive, eventually leading to some unhealthy habits.
One way an individual can challenge himself or herself is by doing things outside their comfort zone. Activities that may seem difficult or any topic that one needs to learn beforehand are good areas for self-challenge. It puts them under a constant, albeit, a healthy amount of stress. It’s the very same principle for the human body – bones only grow in response to physical stress.
When you’ve done all the things as an individual, the need to let others experience their individuality will happen. Sometimes this can overlap while you’re busy with self-improvement, oftentimes synchronous. That’s why Hilary put up The Hilaroo Foundation.
She discusses more how to become the best competitor in work and life in this podcast. Listen to Hilary Swank talk about BECOMING A BEAST COMPETITOR IN WORK AND LIFE.