Earn Respect from Others by Demonstrating Good Sportsmanship
When games get competitive, sometimes people forget there is any such thing as good sportsmanship. So when we find ourselves in a situation that begs to bring out our inner Peyton Manning, we may need to reconsider the way we present ourselves. Let’s take a look at ways to leave the best impression, and show good sportsmanship.
Complimenting > Gloating
Instead of celebrating your own achievement in a rude manner, congratulate the other person/s by complimenting their own accomplishment. Suppose you were playing a basketball game. To better illustrate this, take these two examples – one showing bad sportsmanship and one showing good sportsmanship.
You’re playing basketball with some other people and you are in the lead by a large margin. Throughout the game, you’ve made it known pretty well-known that the other team is a bunch of losers and you are way better than them. Your opponent then misses a shot – big time. In fact, it is an airball. What do you do? You snicker and exclaim in a condescending tone: “Airball!” Not even your own teammates appreciate you, because you frequently hog the ball and never involve them in the game.
You’re playing basketball with some other people and you are in the lead by a large margin. Throughout the game, you’ve made it pretty well-known that you appreciate the other team and you congratulate their effort. When you score a basket, you keep quiet, but compliment the other players when they score. Your opponent then misses a shot – big time. In fact, it is an airball. What do you do? You tell him that it’s ok and that everybody does an airball every now and then. The other team respects you and your teammates are having a good time because you make sure that you involve them in the game.
Good Sportsmanship – more than just for games
In these examples, it is obvious which is the optimal option for good sportsmanship. Although it illustrates how to behave in a winning situation, it should be noted that your sportsmanship should not be dependant on whether you are winning or losing. In a losing situation, remember to stay positive and keep a pleasant attitude. Don’t make excuses on why you lost, because this only diminishes the accomplishment of your opponent/s. Shake their hand and thank them for playing the game, regardless of whether you won or lost. Good sportsmanship should apply to many other activities other than just games, however. The concept of good sportsmanship has a role in even business or other real life circumstances such as getting a job/promotion over someone else, etc. Just demonstrate some of that good sportsmanship, treat others with respect, and you may even get some respect in return.