The 2014 FIFA World Cup has taught us quite a few things about soccer. To name a few, all dynasties come to an end, Lionel Messi is as great as we thought he was, and home-field advantage doesn’t always guarantee you a win.
But beyond sports, the World Cup has also taught us some valuable life lessons. And students, a population on their own four-year journey, are one group that can take away plenty of valuable ideas from the wins and losses and, of course, ties that have all led us to this Sunday’s final. Here are 4 of them:
Confidence is everything
In anything you do, confidence goes a long way to determine your success. Take the U.S. for example. The team wasn’t expected to make much noise at The Cup but, fueled by the mantra “I believe that we will win”, they were able to still advance to the knockout round. Similarly, in the classroom it is important not to spend your time stressing over what will happen if you fail, but instead do everything in your ability to succeed.
Success in college is a long road. As such, it requires that you pace yourself and get all the rest you can, as well as stay planning for the future. Anticipating the bigger picture will help you have less late nights, more energy in the day, and more time to do the things that make you happy. Plus, tiring yourself out early can put more pressure on you come crunch time, as was the case in many extra-time World Cup games.
Don’t underestimate challenges
As it is often the case in World Cup play, the challenges that are perceived as the easiest end up being the hardest (see: any team that played Costa Rica). And usually it’s for that very reason: when we take challenges lightly, we allow our guard to be let down, or our efforts to even slack off a bit because we feel we can “catch up later”. This is a bad mistake. Don’t listen to those who try and tell you what’s easy and what isn’t and instead approach every challenge with respect and caution.
While college is all about working towards a larger goal, it is, at its core, simply a series of many smaller victories. So, as you set individual goals don’t forget to celebrate them whenever they are reached. Doing this will help you keep stress levels down and spirits high as well as serve as a motivating reminder of your progress.
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