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9 Perks of Loving Someone Who’s into Sports

9 Perks of Loving Someone Who’s into Sports

Sports fans are in the American majority, so it may be difficult to find a love interest who isn’t heavily invested in football, baseball, basketball or hockey. In fact, 59 percent of Americans identify as a sports fan, and 66 percent of them are men. Interestingly, studies show that higher income earners are also more likely to enjoy watching sports.

Regardless of the reason or their gender, this means that most of the people you date will want to at least occasionally watch or attend a sporting event. The good news is that sports fans actually have many positive character traits that can make them the ideal partner.

1. They’re Loyal

Sports fans tend to loyally follow the same team, year in and year out, regardless of how often they win. For example, the Detroit Lions have almost 1.9 million fans on Facebook, even though they have never made it to the Super Bowl and haven’t won any type of championship since 1957.

To further emphasize the point, the Lions even managed to lose every single game they played during the 2008 season, and yet their fans continue to show them loyalty.

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Psychologists believe that loyalty is one of the most important traits for a healthy, long-lasting relationship. It has also been stated that loyalty is one of the biggest factors for relationship and personal happiness.

2. They’re Sentimental

Sports fans often have at least one favorite memory from a game they watched. They also tend to get choked up during big moments in sports movies such as “Field of Dreams.” Even the bad moments are remembered and widely discussed for many years. This trait was referenced in an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” that depicted a bar full of Minnesota Vikings fans talking about the heartbreak of losing the 1999 NFC Championship game.

This sentimentality is an endearing trait that may spill over into other areas of their life. Additionally, it makes it really easy to choose a gift for them. After all, it’s common for sports enthusiasts to enjoy decorating with photos of their favorite sports moments.

3. They’re Passionate

If you’ve never been to a baseball game that had a tied score in the bottom of the ninth inning, you may not have ever experienced true passion. Sports lovers will stand on their feet, clap their hands and yell for all they’re worth in every type of weather condition, including rain and snowstorms that would send most people running for shelter.

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Every year there are even guys who remain shirtless in the freezing cold in an attempt to show how passionate and dedicated they are. Therefore, if you want to date someone who clearly understands passion, a sports fan may be your best bet.

4. They’re Forgiving

The only way to keep rooting for a team through thick and thin is to develop an extremely forgiving attitude. This may not always seem to be the case, but take a close look at what happens when a player signs with a new team. He or she may have been considered the enemy yesterday, but before the contract ink even dries, they will be forgiven for their past transgressions and welcomed warmly by fans.

Forgiveness is considered to be the secret of a happy marriage. When you combine forgiveness with loyalty, you’re much more likely to get through the tough times together. Studies have even discovered that forgiveness can help you live longer.

5. They’re Enthusiastic

Do you want to come home to someone who is excited to see you every day? Sports fans are able to sustain their enthusiasm on a specific topic, team or person for an extended period of time. Instead of things becoming mundane to them, they’re able to showcase their enthusiasm on a regular basis.

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This quality can help keep a relationship from becoming boring, and it also provides a nice self-esteem boost to the person on the receiving end of their enthusiastic behavior.

6. They Can Handle Disappointment

Sports fans are inevitably disappointed several times throughout each season. For example, a baseball team only needs to win half of its game in order to be considered successful. Sitting through a disappointing game is no fun, but sports fans are able to bounce back and regain their enthusiasm by the next day.

From a young age, we all have the opportunity to either learn from disappointment or to let it crush us. From a psychological standpoint, it’s much better to learn how to quickly move forward from disappointments. This quality also helps people forgive their partners more easily.

7. They’re Typically Happier than Non-Fans

Believe it or not, several studies have proven that sports fans are usually happier and live a longer life than people who don’t follow any teams. This is linked to a sense of community that is found with other fans and with the team itself.

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Happiness in other aspects of life is virtually certain to make it easier for these individuals to sustain a happy relationship, which makes them a great choice for dating and marriage.

8. They Have Higher Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can put a serious strain on any relationship, especially if the individual in question constantly bashes themselves in front of their partner.

Sports fans, on the other hand, tend to have higher levels of self-esteem than people who have no interest in games that involve a ball or a puck. This positive benefit is another reason that people who follow at least one sport are usually happier than others. As a result, they will be more confident in their relationships.

9. They Understand the Need for Personal Hobbies

Sports fans may have a built-in community of people who love the same team, but they’re also well aware that some people have a lot of disdain for their viewing habits. Therefore, they’re able to see things from a different perspective when their partners are interested in a hobby that they don’t like. When you’re with a sports fan, you can expect your personal hobbies to be respected, as long as you don’t root for an opposing team.

Even if you have zero interest in watching sports, you now have a better understanding of the personality traits that are commonly exhibited by sports lovers. There has also been a lot of intriguing research about sports psychology and how applying it to your life can make you more successful.

Featured photo credit: Keith Allison via flic.kr

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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