10 Things Surfing Teaches you About Life
10 Things Surfing Teaches you About Life
Surfing is among the most challenging sports to engage in both mentally and physically. It is easy to spot the huge contrast existing between the life of a surfer and that of any other person. Given the challenging aspect of surfing, the lessons that you learn from it can result is a positive change in your life if applied. Here are some of the great lessons RunRex has highlighted that you can learn from surfing.
So many people have a phobia of getting into large volumes of water. In fact, getting into a swimming pool is a problem. But to become a surfer, you have to learn to be confident enough to set out to the ocean and seek after the waves. Surfing involves taking risks with the waves and overcoming the fear of being exposed to danger. The same confidence will spill into other aspects of a surfer’s life.
2. Learning how to seize the opportunity
Waves don’t come continuously and they, also, vary in characteristics. If you see a good wave, you have to rise to the occasion and go for it because another one may not come soon or be as good as that one. The lesson you learn from this is that you shouldn’t be complacent and let the opportunity at hand go thinking that another one, a better one, will come after. If you see an excellent chance that shows high chances of yielding fruits, go for it with all your energy.
3. Getting out of your comfort zone
The ultimate goal of a surfer is to be able to ride the biggest waves. There is no way you can ride the giant waves if you are always targeting the small waves. To be able to tackle the big waves, you have to step up and start riding on bigger waves. Of course, it will not be immediate, but with each larger wave you surf on, you are getting ready to handle the giant waves.
4. Reward yourself and celebrate your little victories
If you have managed to complete a task that once seemed impossible for you, celebrate your achievement. So that you achieve the small victories, you must have invested time and effort, and that is enough reason to reward yourself. You cannot surf and get to the pro level within just a week. It will take months and probably years to be a pro. So why not celebrate the small achievements as you await the big one? In life, enjoy every part of the process even as you work towards your big goal.
5. Keep on learning
In surfing, you have to keep on learning every single day. It is only through constant learning that you can improve and be a better surfer. It is, also, through continuous learning that you will grow and be an elite surfer. The same extends to other life aspects. You will always look to learn something extra to better yourself.
6. Fight and never give up
If you are not persistent in the ocean, the waves will always carry you back to the beach. So there are two options when in the waters: you can let the waves take you back to the shore or keep paddling until you get that wave correctly. The latter is always the option; perhaps the only option if you are a serious surfer. No matter how hard situations get, always look to battle your way out and seek to dominate. Giving up should never be an option for you.
7. Constant practice
It is all about practice. In fact, most of the surfers who are passionate and want to be good at the sport make the ocean their new home. They practice every day. For one to succeed in any endeavor, they have to practice. With constant practice, you become more confident and stronger mentally. You learn how to be receptive and reactive to the various situations in the ocean.
8. Believing in yourself
Self-belief makes all the difference. If you feel that you can ride on the waves and practice, then within a short time you will be able to do that. If you don’t believe that you can surf, then you won’t surf. It is as in life. Always believe in your course and work towards it. In fact, self-belief should be the first step in everything you do.
Again, you will not be a pro surfer overnight. The process is long and slow. Therefore, you should learn to be patient and not try to do a million things in a day. Take a step at a time. Learning and growing take time and being a surfer will help you understand that much better.
10. Have fun
Surfing is fun. The ocean is fun. Even as you work towards achieving success and attaining your goals, have a good time while doing so. The fun aspect comes with trying out new styles, challenging yourself, interacting with other surfer and enjoying every moment. Same to life. Enjoy every minute of your success process. You will feel more fulfilled even when you finally achieve your goals.