It's something one practices, not something a person learns. Treat your opponent's victory and success as being as worthy of celebration as you do your own. It's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.
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Last edited at 9:59PM on 5/22/2012
"Practice makes Perfect" they say. When you lose, maybe you can just realize that there will always be one who wins in a competition and one that loses. If you were the winner all the time then no one else could ever experience winning themselves and if you are allowed to lose at times, then it"s a little easier to not brag so much that you hurt others when they lose. Everyone around you may not always have the good sportsmanship that you may have but how you act shouldn't have to be dependent on their behaviour anyway. One reward you will have is that you can have a good feeling about yourself for being a good sport and even others can be affected by it and maybe one person at a time there will be a larger number of people who are good sports than those who are not. Better on your blood pressure too and maybe prevent some arguments and upsets, right?
All you need to ever remember in good sportsmanship and good "lifesman-ship" for that matter is the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. If you abide by this very easy to remember rule, choices (the right choices) will come easy. And living this way in all areas of life will be the key to success and happiness. For certain!
If you're into sports, you've seen it happen. You've probably even experienced it: Football players shaking hands after four quarters of knocking each other around. Tennis players leaping over the net to shake hands with their opponents after a hard-fought match. Soccer players exchanging jerseys after an intense 90 minutes. Even boxers touching gloves at the beginning of each round, then hugging each other after beating each other into a pulp for 12 rounds.