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Lessons to learn from dodgeballDodgeball is a sport everyone played growing up and seemed to have strong opinions about. You either loved it or hated it. Even though I was pretty good at it, (I was a tomboy growing up!) it was far from my favorite sport.



Now as a grown woman, I just can’t keep up with the boys in dodgeball anymore. With a rubber ball flying at my face at 40mph in a gym the size of my living room, I often find myself shirking in the corner, avoiding attacks. I also find myself analyzing the other team and realizing how much dodgeball relates to life, in general.

Imagine this scenario: Someone on the other team keeps throwing the balls at your teammates aiming for your heads (even though it’s illegal!) He is viewing your team as his prey, the enemy, and a target that he wants to hit in order to win the game.  

How does this relate to real life? When we view other people as objects, we have blinders to everything else. We don’t see the positives in the other person because we are so focused on the negatives. We aren’t open to other people’s differences or opinions because they aren’t like us and they aren’t on our team.

Imagine this scenario: Someone on your team gets hit an is “out. The little kid inside of them comes out and they start stomping their feet and throw a ball at the person who got out. They start cursing at the other person and the ref, being a bad loser.

How does this relate to real life? When we don’t get our way, we’re MAD. As adults, we are trained to mask emotions in public, but in sports (especially one that goes back to our childhood), that instinct of acting childish and throwing a temper tantrum comes out, big time. If we have pent up aggression or are more stressed, it will take less to set us off, but if we are generally calm and have learned how to deal with our emotions, we can keep outburst to a minimum.

Imagine this scenario: You are about to begin your game and you and your teammates are huddled in a circle trying to figure out a strategy. The ringleader assigns everyone to a person on the other team and tells you all to fire at once so the other team doesn’t have a chance.

How does this relate to real life?  Teamwork. It doesn’t matter if you’re at work or at home, it’s so easy to be headstrong and try to do things your own way. When we go off on our own, it takes a lot longer to accomplish a goal than if we had just worked together as a team to begin with.

Moral of the story and scenarios? See people as more than just objects, keep calm and learn how to deal with your own emotions, and have teamwork skills.

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