(n.) : steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Athletes show great prowess in their respective sports but once upon a time they were just young people working hard to reach where they are now. With perseverance, we would put in all our effort to whatever goal we are willing to pursue no matter how hard the obstacles may be.
(n.) : a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders.
All sports obey rules and each one of the players must obey certain guidelines in a game and a code of conduct to be applied even in an athlete’s personal life. Discipline sets a clear path of action on what should be done and what shouldn’t be done for us to reach our full potential.
(n.) : a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Great people show respect and deep regard for others because they acknowledge others’ own talents and skills. Respect is the virtue that is instilled to us by major leagues because it is the most important aspect in being an athlete. Learning to respect all opponents regardless of skill, ranking or race means you are halfway on being a respectable person yourself.
(n.): a modest or low view of one’s own importance
A great athlete wouldn’t need to brag about his/her achievements because the name would speak for itself. Humility makes space for more improvements because people who are humble acknowledge that others are better than them. If we practice to be humble, we become thankful for our own talents and at the same time we acknowledge that there are people far greater than us so we strive hard to be them.
(n.) : the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
Every shoot, every lap, every goal or every strike requires commitment. Even the simplest things of the simplest jobs requires 100% commitment for it to have the best results. Commitment is the drive that would keep us going even if the love or passion wears out. It is the obligation to do something not just because you like it but because other people depend on you and your achievements.