Cognitive and Behaviorist Studies
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Making Choices & Decisions
Choices and decisions for young, aspiring athletes are usually made by parents and coaches. Many times these choices are not easy to make, but that are usually made with the best of intentions. This does not guarantee that the choices, in hindsight, will turn out to be the best decisions that could have been made.
Ultimately, the best results have been derived as a result of an objective process that has gathered all of the available information, and thoroughly analyzed by considering every possible option and the associated risk potentials. Depending on the age of the athlete, they should be involved in this process. As the child's age increases, so should the importance of their opinions.
In the final analysis, the financial burden is the responsibility of the parents until the athlete is able to generate their own sources of income. The decision becomes more complicated when there is more than one child in a family and the disposable income available. Family resources should be allocated equally between children and should include a balance of educational (college) expenses and funds exclusively for athletic endeavors.
There are various academic and sports scholarships that can lessen the expense to a family. What complicates the matter is that sports scholarships are generally limited higher educational institutions that have competitive NCAA programs. It helps that your local high school has school sponsored sports that also are NCAA events.
In any case, every athlete should have a plan B that involves earning a college degree that prepares them for earning an income in the event of any injury that prevents the individual from pursuing a professional career performing their skills. Teaching physical education, working in the recreational field, or becoming a coach, trainer, or choreographer might be alternative career paths.
Affects of Decisions Accumulate
In summary, every decision we make is influenced by previous decisions. The decision is made in the present, but it affects the future decisions and may limit or expand alternatives available in the future. Even relative small and seemingly unimportant decisions can have far reaching consequences.
Whatever process used to reach a decision, the level of satisfaction depends largely on if you claim ownership of making the choices and final decision. If you feel you are being pressured into making the choice or if you feel you are not in control of the conditions, even a positive outcome will have negative connotations. By taking full responsibility for the choice, you will feel positive about your decision whatever the final outcome. If you know you did your best, you'll have gained valuable experience when approaching future choices.Recommended Reading:
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