Why is the law of appreciation important for today’s athlete?
It is important to today’s athlete because it is a constant reminder of balance, perspective and how valuable opportunities are during competition. In the world’s largest online dictionary—Wikipedia states the meaning of The Law of Appreciation below:
“The Law of Appreciation is yet another New Age so-called “natural law” that basically states “What you appreciate gets bigger, what you don’t appreciate gets smaller. Appreciation builds, evolves and creates harmony. Lack of appreciation motivates self consciousness, self depreciation and self destruction. There is nothing to change, only something to appreciate. You cannot change, you can only appreciate yourself as you are. Appreciation is an attractive force, depreciation is a repulsive force.” In other words, if you appreciate something, you get more of it.”
Now let’s take a closer look at “The Law of Appreciation” through the eyes of an athlete.
A Approachable Personality
P Powerful Behavior—“Actions speak louder than words”
P Purpose Driven—Knowing why athletics are important
R Respect yourself,the game and others
E Excellence—Essential to achieve Success
C Calm Confidence—Internal Belief
I Inspired Life-style—Be a role model to others
A Accepting of challenges and role on & off the field
T Thankfulness filled with gratitude
I Inviting/open to critical teaching and correction
O Optimistic Viewpoint —always looking at life in a positive manner
N Never-ending quest to pursue dreams and goals
Each athlete must remind themselves of these unique qualities to be more than an athlete, but a better human being and by doing this, they can be greater than they could have ever imagined. Therefore, young athletes, embrace “The Law of Appreciation”and remember, the more you appreciate, the more life will offer you on and off the field!!
“Keep Living Like A Champion”
Coach Reggie Ward
Champion’s Quest Athlete Academy
Assistant Athletic Director