Learning from Sports | The FIFA Fervour

The big game is on this Sunday between Croatia and France. Both the teams will be fighting for the biggest prize and the pride to become the champion of the FIFA fervour. Will it be France's second title or Croatia will win its first ever...such discussions over coffee in office cafeterias or in cafes or in libraries will go on till the game comes to its conclusion. Which team are you supporting in the finals?

Sports is a great source of inspiration if you look deeper into the essence of persistence, practice, goals you'll find there are implications as an aspirant you can relate to your lives. Talk about Croatia, it went undefeated in Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering Argentina, then beating both Russia and England. With its persistence and teamwork towards the target, Croatia has come this far, in the finals where you would have expected to see Germany or Spain.


If you too are adamant and persistent in practicing to achieve your goal which can be to start your career this year, to get a govt. job, to crack banking or SSC exam...you too can achieve success. But first, you have to believe in yourself!! Do you?? Let's see what learnings can aspirants derive from the FIFA fervour.

Focus on the Goal: GOALS DECIDE THE WINNER IN THE GAME

Set goals in life and work accordingly.  Set a goal at all stages of life and conquer all of them. Goal-oriented Approach is a must. You can start by setting small goals, like trying to clear all your doubts in one of the subjects of the exam you are preparing for. When you will avoid the delay in accomplishing your smaller goals the bigger ones will automatically fall in line. 

Grab the Penalty shootouts: EASY SCORING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TEAM TO WHICH IT IS AWARDED

Learn to make the most out of opportunities. Never let them go easily. Give your best at every opportunity. If you are aiming to start a career in the banking sector then do not just go for SBI or IBPS recruitments. Understand that recruitments via Manipal PGDBF programmes or Insurance sector exams are also a good opportunity.

Strengthen your Defence: DEFENDER PREVENTS THE OPPOSING TEAM FROM SCORING GOALS

Make your strategy your defender in your exam and preparation phase. Your strategy will defend you and make you perform well during the exam. Do a self-analysis to understand the strengths that will defend you against lakhs of candidates in your opposition in the examination...all fighting to score the same goal!

Don’t let feints Bewilder you: FEINTS ARE A DECEPTIVE MOVEMENTS AND TECHNIQUES MEANT TO STAGGER OPPONENTS.

Your peers, neighbors and others will always give you all sorts of advices and explanations to adopt a certain task. But always remember you are the one who can analyze your ability and your desire. Don’t let others mislead you and focus on your aim in life.

Try not to commit Fouls: ALTHOUGH NO ONE IS PERFECT, TRY TO AVOID MISTAKES


It’s not possible to Not commit mistakes. But committing the same mistake, again and again, is not acceptable. Once committed a mistake, try to learn from it and avoid the same mistake and many others in the future. 


Replenish Your Energies in halftime: 15 MINUTES BREAK AFTER 45 MINUTES HALF ALLOWS PLAYERS TO RE-ENERGISE 

When you dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to something, you should always take a break to refresh and replenish yourself. A healthy mind and body will help you stay confident during preparation and exams.

Be the Defenders and mid-fielders and make a strike: MID-FIELDERS AND DEFENDERS CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STRIKER AND THE STRIKER MAKES THE GOAL.

Work hard at first place and create a solid base for yourself and then become the striker of your life and when the time comes for the real exam, strike it well. Prepare by leaving no stone unturned and then do well in the exam. 

And the most important thing you need to learn from the game ...

PERSEVERANCE: Sometimes it takes more than 500 passes to make one goal. Similarly, it might take many attempts to reach your goal. But one needs to try for it again and again until it is achieved.

Too much dependence on the star players didn't pay out well for Portugal and Argentina who relied on Messi and Ronaldo. What if the stars do not shine on "The Day" of performance!! If you as an aspirant are also thinking of relying just on your strong subject, then think again!! It is the teamwork that helped Croatia to outshine others, similarly, you need to have a strategy and command over all the subjects in the examination you are preparing for.

Try to go to that extra mile to achieve your goal...an extra effort is what makes the difference in an aspirant and an achiever. Players of Croatia certainly pushed their limit by not taking any substitute till 90 minutes in the semi-finals and their extra effort paid off well. You should try to identify the areas where you are required to put some extra effort, it can be to master a topic or to hone some skills, but if you do so your efforts will certainly pay off well in boosting your confidence and refining your approach towards your goal.

And if you are someone who is left with his last attempt, then try not to take too much pressure...this might spoil your game as it probably did with Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, and Lionel Messi. Relax and work on a plan and strategy that suits you the best. Remember life is full of opportunities you just have to look out for and grab one. 



So the FIFA game is ending this Sunday... but "The Game" we all are a part of will go on..