Harnessing jealousy to achieve glory - Shefali N.
Sports treat it as a mechanism for success.
Being in the fastest lane or sporting the No.7 jersey, athletes long for being in that someone’s shoe or owning that shoe. This human emotion is commonly prevalent in all of us and athletes too are no different experiencing this- the emotion of Jealousy, the act of Envy.
Jealousy, said to be the most negative of emotions and looked at as being detrimental to an athlete’s growth, does have its positives.
Startled!!! Well, you read it right, Jealousy has its positives, and resonating this belief, is leading Counselling and Sports Psychologist and Founder of Mind Sports, Mugdha Dhamankar- Bavare. An erstwhile ace swimmer, Mugdha comprehends the mental well-being of an athlete, and therefore is of the view that, “Jealousy is not always negative. You can convert an opportunity to grow by learning from others how excellence can be achieved. This thinking is way more effective and helpful than being negative and draining yourself.”
Jealousy hits the roof, when athletes treat social comparison in bad light, shadowed by the pointless guilt of being inept. Sports experts say that, Comparison is to be dealt with reverence and value, coupled with the right approach. So what’s the approach??
Likewise a swimmer’s perfect streamline, here is an approach to deal with Jealousy, followed in the sports eco-system of India, in one such institution, the Glenmark Aquatic Foundation (GAF), India’s leading swim school. Associated with GAF, is aquatic Coach Sathish Kumar, who trains and mentors competitive swimmers. Instilling the spirit of Competitiveness and overcoming the Green emotion Jealousy, arising out of social comparison, Coach Sathish adapts to varied strategies, one of them being knowledge exchange of strokes amongst swimmers. This activity highlights every swimmer’s ability at its best and tones down the feeling of timidity within the athletes.
Echoing her coach’s teachings is Kiara Bangera, a swimming prodigy, having several national and international medals to her credit. Kiara, being at the peak in her swim life opines that “Jealousy is an emotion; most people look down upon, as it shows a ‘petty’ character, but I think it otherwise. Jealousy can be used in a positive way to get better and work on yourself and as my coach says, you can’t control what someone else does; but if you manage to deal with the emotion positively, it will take you closer to your goal”.
Intent - Let Go
Moreover, Coach Sathish feels that Sports is all about emotions and the very aspect of it being Jealousy, is something which one shouldn’t shy away from displaying; but at the same time not hold on to it. He firmly believes that the intent of ‘let go’, gets the athlete to be better in the sport and most of all better beings.
Going with the same ideation is Kshama Iyer, yet another promising swimmer, training at GAF; she enthusiastically comments on the usual scene, faced by an athlete on an and off the pool, “I too have felt jealous at some point, and did shy away from expressing it, but after years of training and competing at meets, I realised that Jealousy is just a simple feeling which is lesser than envy and the best way is to express it is in the pool and should be used as a positive driver to push the swimmer further”.
Moreover, being a keen follower of Auto Racing, Coach Sathish, takes learnings from his idol Lewis Hamilton, and imparts it to his young swimmers. The objective is primarily to make athletes realise that, akin to Hamilton, who believes that Success is a religious process and that falling prey to social comparisons can be mentally damaging to one’s growth.
He further adds that, there are distractions and diversions physically and mentally in every walk of life, and it's here that one has to believe in oneself and have broader and a hawk eye vision to handle Jealousy.
Hawk Eye View
In verity, and if looked at with a hawk eye view, we should rewrap this emotion Jealousy and open it up with the objective in mind to improve ourselves to be better athletes. Thus, accepting the fact that every athlete has a different skill set and feel inspired that in this process of development, a feeling of glee that you are a better athlete today, than you were yesterday.
It is also imperative that we identify the sparkle of jealousy as an impetus to move towards betterment and additionally, let the negative phase off.
Shefali is a Communication and Content Specialist, an ardent Sports enthusiast and a Happy Swim Parent. She was associated with the Public Relations Domain, working for various Corporates; she has independently worked on varied Content Writing projects, weaving articles primarily for webpages and marketing collaterals. Of late, Shefali has been pursuing her passion- teaching, wherein she tutors and facilitates Speech and Dramatics to prep, middle school and high school students.
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Two Alpha Males and 'The Test': A day in nets for 'Centurion' Kohli and 'Captain' Sharma
Mohali, Mar 2 (Cricket News) Two men at the peak of their careers and separated by a year.
Supremely successful, insanely wealthy, and achievers in their own right with manic followers growing exponentially with each passing day.
But 48 hours before Virat Kohli gears up to play his landmark 100th Test and Rohit Sharma walks out from the PCA Stadium pavilion in a navy blue India blazer for the first time, they simply looked like two men possessed and intensely focussed to make their milestone moment special.
While social media went into a frenzy before BCCI allowed crowd for the momentous occasion, there were not even 10 people around when the Indian team bus entered the stadium premises on Wednesday.
Yes, there are billboards and cut-outs around the stadium but how many people will turn up on a warm Friday morning when India open a two-match series against Sri Lanka could be anybody's guess -- crowd allowed or not.
Inside the cauldron were two men-- one aged 34, who has basically turned the corner in traditional format in such a whirlwind fashion that he has now become the undisputed leader of men, making a mockery of perceptions.
Rohit Sharma, in his own way, proved that perceptions are just that "perceptions".
One could even imagine that wry smile for all those who thought that he is just another white-ball bully.
Within a few yards of him was a mega-star, who is best described as a Test cricket devotee. Ian Chappell recently urged Kohli to take the lead in saving Test cricket.
Not more than 20 odd people were witness to what an intense practice session looks like where the two stars took multiple turns to bat various nets -- throwdowns, spinners, pacers, and net bowlers.
If Rohit would tuck Shami off his hips, Virat would bring the cover drive against Mohammed Siraj out of the closet.
They batted at different nets at different times. There was a delivery from Siraj that could have got any batter.
Pitched on length and moving enough to send Kohli's off-stump for a walk. The stump cart-wheeled and pierced the back net. Kohli walked back and picked it up.
Suddenly the urgency in his stride increased and the next ball was hit for a cover drive.
Some 30 yards away, quietly watching the former skipper was his one time deputy. 'Captain Sharma' kept a hawk eye on the proceedings, having himself batted close to 45 minutes.
In between, he came out and twice was seen tonking rookie left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar.
As Rohit was going through the paces, one saw a relaxed Kohli having a chat with batting coach Vikram Rathour and Ravindra Jadeja, sharing a hearty laugh, something that that told that he is absolutely relaxed and in a great mind space.
In between, he was seen watching Rohit leave some of Jasprit Bumrah's balls and Mohammed Shami's express deliveries outside the off-stump.
So, how is King Kohli shaping up before a Test match? Well, one would like to refer to Sunil Gavaskar's often recalled statement of his playing days.
"When I didn't bat well at the nets, I invariably ended up doing well in Tests," and one would expect that all the dismissals that happened and the edges that flew off his bats remained confined to nets only.
For Rohit, his practice duration, including multiple sessions with throwdown experts and quality time against spinners, was an indication that he just doesn't want to be a skipper in whites but a leader, who wants to show how it is done.
This is not just another Test for them.
Champions always want that stage where the world give them a standing ovation for their artistry.
Both have been their and done that.
And the relationship? Go back to the YouTube montage which has more than a million hits.
One where skipper Kohli is asked if Rohit Sharma can be dropped? "You want to drop Rohit Sharma? Pahle bata do yaar aise questions puchne wale ho," the shake of head with disdain and smirk on his face had said it.
That was Kohli who could be intimidating in a split second.
A few months later Rohit Sharma was asked if Virat Kohli lacked confidence? "Virat Kohli ko confidence ke zaroorat hai? Kya baat karte ho yaar" There was disdain here too but laced with sarcasm, which is typically Rohit.
Fans do not need to know if they are best friends or not but one can be assured that when it comes to performing for a common cause, they put their "best foot forward".
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News Source : PTI