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Perseverance - Our Pillar of Character for October

By San Ramon FC Staff, 10/03/19, 5:15PM PDT

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Sports are great for teaching players to keep hope and to continue to strive even when things are not going your way.

As a club, we define perseverance as a steady persistence to do something even though it is difficult; continuing in the face of difficulty. 

As the season moves into October, new challenges arrive.  For teams that are succeeding, can they continue to push forward and improve despite having success? For teams that have not won as much as they want, can they keep working to improve and try to turn their season around? Sports are great for teaching players to keep hope and to continue to strive even when things are not going your way. This is also true in training – can you make it through the difficult training session your coach has designed?  Can you keep working hard as it gets cold and dark?

Perseverance, our pillar of focus in October, is crucial in being able to answer yes to the questions listed above.  As a club, we define perseverance as a steady persistence to do something even though it is difficult; continuing in the face of difficulty. Perseverance is crucial not just in sports, but in school, work and life.  While everyone wants to believe they will find the one true love, the one job they are passionate about, the one subject to study that just comes easily, the reality is that success is never a straight line.  

No one ever improves or makes things better every day.  Hurdles and challenges arise every day and must be met and overcome. Oftentimes, the only way to do this is to continue forward even when it seems hopeless and that victory or success will never arrive.  And, many times, the greatest feelings of success come when you realize that through hard work and effort you were able to conquer a challenge that previously seemed impossible.

In recent years, a great deal of attention has been paid to grit, which for some is another way to describe perseverance.  Grit, according to one of the leading academics studying this factor of success, Angela Duckworth, involves working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress.

Some ways soccer helps develop perseverance:

 

Soccer:

“Real Life:”

What you can control:         

Your response to the referee and their decisions

Your response to your boss, DMV employees, and anyone who has concrete power over you

Your response to the other team

Your response to your “enemies,” competitors, etc

Your preparation prior to the game

Your own efforts to best position yourself to obtain your desired outcome

Your conduct on the field

How you conduct yourself in life.

What you can’t control:

Referee and their decisions

Boss, DMV employee, and other people in power’s decisions

Behavior of an opponent

Behavior of your “enemies” or competitors

The preparation of your teammates

The efforts of those around you to position your team/group to obtain the best outcome

Your teammates’ conduct on the field

Behavior of those you must work with in life (spouse, coworkers, etc)