Hooray, I reached one of my goals! I have a sports injury.
Let me explain: My goal wasn’t to get injured; my goal was to play at least one sport.
As a girl growing up in Saudi Arabia, I didn’t have a chance to play sports in school or in leagues. When I came to the U.S., I felt like I had been missing something. A lot of girls and women play sports here. I think sports help people build self-esteem, and sports help shape people into better team members on the field, at work, and with friends.
If you don’t play sports, that’s OK. You can build self-esteem and teamwork skills in other ways, too. I think my desire to play sports stemmed from the lack of opportunity I had as a child, but just because I wanted to play didn’t mean I was good at it.
Playing sports didn’t come naturally. I failed at every sport I tried. Sometime I even sabotaged myself and acted like I had no clue what I was doing.
I thought to myself: “I’m just not good at sports.” It’s what I believed for a long time. Although playing a sport was important to me, my thoughts shaped my actions, and my muscles cooperated with my beliefs.
I just couldn’t do it, until one day when I sat down and wrote down what my ideal life looked like. What are the enjoyable activities I’d like to do? Then I ranked them. Playing a sport was at the top of my list. So what was stopping me from having fun playing sports?
• It wasn’t a matter of fact that I can’t play sports
• I had to believe in myself before I could achieve my goal
The barrier to achieving my goal was all in my mind. My negative thoughts were controlling my body and my actions. Once I become aware of this, I changed the thoughts that were turning against me and preventing me from enjoying sports.
Now, I proudly say that I play tennis. It brings me joy when I play, and I feel more confident in myself. Plus, I’m happy to report that I’m recovering quickly from my twisted ankle.
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