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Stephanie Dargoltz
Apr 10, 2012

El Juego de la Vida ( The Game of Life )

Como Aplicar la Psicología Deportiva a la Vida Diaria: Una Sinopsis

Todos los días escogemos entre jugar el juego de la vida o quedarnos apartados observando---inevitablemente esperando que la vida juegue con nosotros.

Siempre tenemos la oportunidad de mejorar nuestra condición por varios tipos de entrenamientos --algunos físicos y casi todos mentales. Puede parecer obvio, sin embargo, la pregunta permanece la misma: porque nos quedamos paralizados en vez de luchar contra la corriente y salir adelante?

Muchos atribuyen esto al miedo o el presentimiento de fracaso (lo cual son limitaciones reales), pero lo interesante es que no se dan cuenta que no intentar resulta siendo lo mismo que fallar. Será que el pasado o la sociedad nos ha enseñado un auto-habla negativa y destructiva?...Claro que puede ser, pero lastimosamente, al culpar variables externos, estamos desvalorizando nuestra capacidad interna--fuerzas y recursos psicológicos obtenidos por estas mismas experiencias personales.

Aunque a veces parezca imposible avanzar (con los obstáculos que la vida nos lanza diariamente), tenemos que amarrarnos los tenis y jugar con fuerza bruta y terco optimismo. De esta manera, nunca perdemos--solo ganamos aprendizaje y trofeos personales en el camino.

Tal como durante un juego de fútbol o una carrera de natación, nos toca callar los nervios y tener confianza en nuestro poder y en el de nuestros compañeros, tenemos que tomar riesgos, seguir el plan que fue construido con fe e inteligencia, mirar hacia el frente y tirar la pelota para ver que "gol" realizamos.

La ansiedad nos puede entusiasmar con su adrenalina pura o nos puede arruinar completamente en forma de veneno pegajoso....
La opción es suya!

English translation:
The Game of Life: Applying Sport Psychology to our Daily Lives: A Synopsis

Every day we choose between playing the game of life or observing from the sidelines and waiting for life to inevitably play with us.

We always have the opportunity to improve our condition via various types of training—some of which are physical and almost all of which are mental. Although it may appear to be obvious, the question remains the same: why do we remain paralyzed/frozen instead of fighting against the current and pushing forward?

Many attribute this to the fear or anticipation of failure (which in fact is a real psychological phenomenon), but the interesting part is people don’t realize that by not trying (getting in the game), they are in fact failing by default. Can it be that our past and our complex society has taught us and imprinted a negative self-talk into our internal dialogues? …
Of course this can be true, but unfortunately, when we blame external variables, we are in turn devaluing our internal capacities—strengths and psychological resources obtained precisely by these personal experiences that make us who we are.
Even though it often feels impossible to move forward with the obstacles that life throws at us on a daily basis, we must tie our sneakers and play with brute force and stubborn optimism. By doing so, we never lose—only gain lessons and personal trophies along the way.

Just like during a soccer game or a swimming race, we must quiet our nervous thoughts, have confidence in our abilities and in those of our teammates, take risks and follow the plan that was constructed with faith and intelligence. We must throw the ball and look forward to see what “goal” we can ultimately reach.

Anxiety can motivate us with its pure adrenaline or it can completely debilitate us in form of infectious poison..
The choice is yours!



Stephanie Dargoltz is a bilingual counselor who works at a private practice in South Florida with children, adolescents, and adults. Her interests include Sport Psychology/Counseling and plans to pursue these careers in the near future.

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