Is it true that people who are working hard to become better athletes also become better people?
In my experience yes, and a lot of it comes down to one thing – Integrity.
Integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.
It means putting in the hard work because you know it’s the right thing to do and will yield the best results.
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
This is true in sport, and also true in life.
When you examine your training can you put your hand on your heart and say that you never cut corners? Can you say with 100% truth that you completed every meter, every rep, every set AND every rest break?
Becoming a better athlete teaches us discipline and commitment. We set goals and we work hard to achieve them. We learn that if we can do this for our sport, we can apply these same skills to other areas of our lives such as work and family. As we achieve our goals we build confidence. We feel seen and feel that we have a greater sense of purpose.
When we encounter setbacks we learn how to deal with them, we develop critical thinking and problem solving, the art of not sweating the small stuff and always finding a positive.
Through all of this we become a better version of ourselves and the best bit is that those around us, that matter most to us, benefit from the person we are becoming.
Work hard to become a better athlete. Become a better person.