10 Choices you make as a cheerleader that will serve you well later in life.
adapted from anniejosephson blog post December 17, 2015
You might think that some of the choices you make as a cheerleader are pretty big ones. Choosing a team or club, which summer camp to attend or picking a private lesson coach can feel like a monumental deal with everlasting consequences. And, these choices are significant.
But there are other decisions that cheerleaders learn to make that will serve you well after you no longer go to any gym or camp.
These are the choices that will serve you well for the rest of your life.
Here are some of my favorites:
The decision to fail. Doing cheerleading is a decision to fail because no cheerleader gets through a career (or even a workout!) without failing. Making the decision to fail will serve you when it is time to take risks academically or professionally because you will understand that failure is nothing more than feedback whereas many of your non-cheer peers will think of failure as the end of the world.
The decision to try again. Every time a cheerleader falls, the decision is made to get up and try again. Resilience is one of the hallmarks of successful and happy people.
The decision to do something hard. Cheerleading is hard. So are many other worthy things in life. People who are scared of doing hard things limit themselves. You are not afraid to do hard things.
The decision to keep going even when it hurts. Pain is inevitable and cheerleaders know how to work through it. Cheerleaders learn to recognize pain that is the discomfort of growth from pain that is a signal of damage.
The decision to listen to the feedback of an expert. Coaches are experts. Seeking experts opinions and incorporating their feedback is a often overlooked life skill.
The decision to tune out the feedback of a non-expert. And there are plenty of non-experts who will give their opinion. Knowing who to listen to and to ignore is an important decision.
The decision to wholly commit to something important to you. To learn to make choices that others might view as sacrifices because you want to achieve mastery of something is a decision that great leaders make every day. You learned this as a young cheerleader.
The decision to continually improve. There are no miracle solutions or overnight remedies in cheerleading. Just continual improvement day in and day out from putting in the work.
The decision to overcome your doubts and fears. There were times you didn’t think you could do it. There were times you were scared to try. But you did anyway. Those decisions taught you to choose the best version of yourself instead of the frightened version.
The decision to allow yourself to be judged. To stand up and have a number assigned to your effort is not an easy thing to do. Yet, when you make the decisions to become comfortable with others judging your skills you free yourself from the fear of their criticism and are able to see it as feedback and suggestions for improvement.