The Highs & Lows From My Journey & Life After Sports
High's - Consistently explored, sought opportunity & developed new passions.
Low's - Never allowed myself to grieve, expected to it to be a seamless transition & didn't extend grace to myself when failing.
Transition isn't an event, it's a process.
If you're a pro...you're a pro. Same game, different context.
I. Understanding Identity
We are cared for most when we put on that uniform. Slowly, we start to look at ourselves the same way....We are athletes. We are what you say we are. That is me. I am an athlete....Until I'm not. - Former Men's Soccer Student-Athlete
"You will never outperform your self-identity."
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
*Activity: Hello my name is....
What is a dual identity? Who I am vs. What I do
*reflection question #2
II. Understanding The Road Blocks
Mastering The 1st 6 Months*
Biggest Fears & Stressors In Post-Sport Transition
- "I Wish I Would Have Done More"
- Lack of Control, Feedback & Structure
- Struggle Finding Community
- Strong Need To Achieve or Perform
- Lack of Empathy & Understanding From Others
- Physical Changes In Performance
How Do You Get Through It?
Who is your Rocky? Will they be there when you need them the most?
*Activity: Connection Web
III. Understanding Transferrable Skills
It's not just "what" but "how"
Making the connection begins with understanding who you are and your skill set (Principles)
Followed by finding others who value that skill (People)
In a setting that allow you to be "you" (Place)
In our times of greatest pressure we will only rise to the level of our training.
IV. Take Action
Some do...and some don't.
Critical steps to address:
- Priorities - What is most important to me?
- Routine - What is my consistent behavior?
- Inner Circle - Who is pouring into me and holding me accountable?
- Mental Health - How am I taking care of myself?
- Expectation - What do I believe is possible for my life?