If you play sports, you’re likely to have a competitive nature, and you’ll want to be the best you can possibly be. While some people seem to have a natural ability to play some games, others need to work harder and ensure that they do all they can to become better at sports so that they can achieve more and, ideally, win more. With that in mind, if you are someone who feels they could be better at their chosen sport and you’re wondering how to do it, here are some ideas.
Have A Plan
If you want to become better at anything, whether it’s sports or art or your job or anything else, you need to have a plan about how you intend to get there – and you need to know where ‘there’ is. If you can create a plan that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be, you’ll know what choices to make and what needs to be done.
The best way to follow your plan is to break it down into definite goals. Perhaps you want to play a sport professionally, or you want to be part of the Olympic team, or you might just want to beat your own personal best. Whatever it is, if you have smaller goals that you can achieve one by one, your confidence will grow, and your dreams will be realised.
Although we’ve mentioned those who just seem to be good at sports without trying, those people are, in reality, very rare indeed, and even they will agree with this point – if you want to get better at sports, you need to practice. The old adage of ‘practice makes perfect’ is true, and it makes sense. The more you do something, the better at it you will be. You’ll learn the rules and know them off by heart, and you’ll instinctively understand the different moves you can make.
Make time in your schedule to practice every day, even when you’re tired or you’re busy. Unless you’re unwell, in which case it would probably be a bad idea, you should always practise your chosen sport. If it means getting up early or going to be late, then, assuming you think it’s worth it, that’s what you’ll have to do.
Watch Others Playing
It’s good to be confident in your own abilities, but it’s also good to be humble and to be aware that other people are better than you, perhaps because they play at a higher level or have been playing longer. Make it your mission to watch these people playing. Look at their rugby scores or their speed when sprinting or the number of tennis championships they have won and watch what they do.
The more you watch other players of all levels, the more you will see where you can improve and what you’re already doing right. However, it is by watching the true greats that will really give you an idea of where you could be if you try hard enough.