Secret Key To Our Sports’ Revival

*The Peter Ijeh Column Talks About Leadership –

Here is another epic edition of my column in this e-sports newspaper. And it will concentrate on LEADING CHANGE.
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Because I believe the growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Sometimes, broken images lie scattered within the mind’s deepest recesses. These are reflections of one’s life; it may also be a broken image of a country, frozen in time. But the road ahead calls for understanding, hope, knowledge and wisdom. Forget the bad sentiments, and dwell upon the good and positive innovations. And, discover the strength of the positive mindset.
Remember that conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth but transformation is the key to change.
So, often time it happens, we all live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key. The key to Nigerian & African Sports revival is still within and it is still at reach. Howbeit, even runners often take lessons they learn in running and apply them to their lives, and vice versa.
Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If a country or individuals are not pushing themselves beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself; expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip”.
Let me ask this? Who are the people that make up a country and her inhabitants? It is the people.
‘Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way’.
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best, just as a shepherd shepherding his sheep.
‘I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself; and as a country to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you though’.
I will be objective about sport & life because there is life in sport. But motivation doesn’t happen on its own. Just like you schedule your runs, you also have to plan to get (and keep) yourself motivated to run.
Keeping a training log is an excellent way to track your progress and stay motivated. It’s easy: Just get a notebook and write some notes after each of your workouts. Be sure to mark the date, your approximate mileage and time, and a few comments about how you felt (i.e., “finished strong”, “felt sluggish in the first 2 miles” etc).
This is also a measure for the development of Sports in a country. Picking a short phase that you play over and over in your head while running can help you stay focused and centered. (Like developmental tournaments). It can be your inner motivation when you need it most. This measures apply to self and country.
If you’re feeling unmotivated or nervous about getting started with running because; Many have travelled afar from the country! And you are asking; What experiences have they brought back to develop the tasks in the country? What about implementing our own experiences for the country’s development? What about creating recreational centres for our youth and the next generation?
Nigeria and Africa still have the largest numbers of youth, and sooner than later, their talents will fade away if measures are not taken to harness them by the authorities.
The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: do the best with what you’ve got.
“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”.
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you would realise that the competition is against the little voice inside of you that wants you to quit.
Always remember; “Anybody running beats anybody walking, and anybody walking beats anybody sitting.
“Don’t be afraid to move slowly forward…but fear standing still”.
Hope you enjoyed this edition? Join me again in a fortnight and till then, do some sports at least to keep your heart healthy. Thank you.

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