When I was about five or six, my mom signed me up for figure skating lessons. I thought it would be really fun so I went along with it and went to the lessons once or twice a week. I remember they would have us walk like a penguin so we wouldn’t slip and after a while they eventually showed us how to spin. It was about three or four months into my lessons, when I stopped, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like it. I stopped because the ice rink closed down and was going to open up in another city that was far.
Until now I realized that I should have gone to another ice rink that wasn’t as far instead of just stop completely because who knows I could have gotten good at it.
Most people stop doing sports because they’re no longer happy with what they’re doing or can never see themselves getting better. But in my case the stop to it wasn’t really my decision.
People who stop doing a sport they once enjoyed always have to make the decision, do I stop completely or do change how I feel about this. This is where Maya Angelou’s words come to play, “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
But once you have these words when do you know to initiate the change or your change of perspective? The exact timing can be tough. So I believe, when you completely stop enjoying what you’re doing and are no longer happy with it, it’s time to initiate change. But if you’re no longer happy with what you are dealing with and want to improve, then it’s time to change your perspective.
If you aren’t happy with what you’re doing because you feel you are not good enough then I think you should change how you think about it. When you change your perspective, you also motivate yourself toward getting better and you end up improving in the end.