When I speak to people about why they avoid trying a sport later in life, I often hear similar responses. The first one would be not knowing what sport to try. For something to really take root with you, it must be fun.
If you don’t like football, try basketball, hockey, tennis, netball or rock climbing. There’s always going to be something out there for you. Try as many sports as possible to find out what works; what keeps you motivated to stay active.
Another common reason is people giving up before getting better. If someone succeeds in their career, it’s through dedication and hard work. If they apply the same habits to a new sport, they’ll eventually get better. Sometimes progress can’t be measured just from day-to-day observation. If I currently can’t make a five-yard pass in football, I know I’ll eventually be able to make it with time and training.
Finally, don’t compare yourself to other people or players. One thing I always say to the players is: ‘You’re in a race with yourself’. If you’re a centre forward, naturally you’d want to compete to score the most goals. But if you can do better than you did the season, week or day before, that’s the progress you want.
The moment you start focusing on other people, you take your eyes off the prize. Once you start competing with yourself and being better than the person in the mirror, you will notice progress.