By: Manuela Montoya Sefair, communications intern.
Copa América Brazil 2019 begins today and at Coschool we are excited and ready to see each match, to encourage the national team and to live each moment with our emotions. For us, it is very important to relate everything we learn with the situations and events that surround us, so during this time the content we will be sharing will be more football-oriented than ever.
Life is like a football game, most of the time we have a life plan that is equivalent to a game strategy. Here we have planned, usually, the moment in which we will go to school, to the university (if we go), if we do a Masters degree or not, the age in which we would like to get married (or not) and so on. Similar to how a soccer coach decides which players start the match, the tactics of defense and attack, what will be the possible changes that will be made in the game, among others. Many times these plans come out like we plan, but sometimes they don’t.
Life challenges us and forces us to develop skills and abilities that help us overcome the obstacles we have in front of us, in the same way that soccer players face this same panorama in a matter of 90 minutes, applying these same tools.
When we talk about social and emotional skills, we all have a little bit of each. Above all, of the four main ones that we promote in Coschool: decision making, determination, conflict resolution, and self-knowledge. These skills match us with a certain personality profile, however, as we mentioned, each person is a complex mixture of nuances and components that make our character diverse and flexible.
We see this flexibility reflected when faced with different situations or challenges in life, in the same way that a player or coach like Ricardo Gareca, Messi, Falcao or Godín experience it on the field with adrenaline to the top, just as we mentioned before.
Do we really see social & emotional skills in footballers and managers?
To start, we have Ricardo “the tiger” Gareca, a born activator, a leader destined to make decisions that will be constantly questioned by thousands of people. The Peruvian coach has been the manager of a group of players struggling to reach their potential in the midst of a passionate and critical country. Decision making is never easy and even less so when it is under pressure. However, Gareca has taught us that hard work, effective planning and the balance between risks and opportunities lead to great individual and collective results, such as Peru’s performances to qualify for the 2018 World Cup
Then we find the determination and drive of another “tiger”, but this time of a Colombian, none less than our own Radamel Falcao García. An explorer on the field in every sense. Determination and creativity have helped him not only to meet individual and collective goals with the national team, but to overcome obstacles and moments of complete uncertainty that have arisen, such as his career-threatening injuries. However, this Colombian idol has shown us that, just as he seeks different strategies within the field to score a goal and win, that is the way we must face every situation that comes our way in life.
Do you still need more proof?
Well, we introduce you to Leo Messi, the dreamer. A player who reflects in himself and who carries out deep processes of self-awareness that have taken him to the highest points of world football. Since he was little, the Argentine star shows us that having high aspirations leads you to great goals. But, as we have seen this footballer grow and develop his career both in his current team and in the national team, we have also witnessed the changes he has made in his way of playing and facing each game. These transformations are part of their process of introspection and self-awareness, which teaches us that it is important to identify our strengths and opportunities for improvement to go far.
Finally, we have the locker-room leader, who knows exactly what to say, to whom and when, the Uruguayan captain Diego Godín. This collaborator knows how to build good relationships on and off the field that contribute to better collective performance. Not only has he managed to carry out an exceptional football career as one of the best defenders in the world, but he has become a symbol of leadership for his country and his teammates. The Uruguayan knows how to face any situation adapting strategies that recognize the skills and vision of others, demonstrating that empathy and assertive communication produce great results.
Finally, in football and in the Copa America we have plenty of examples of people who inspire us and show us that social emotional skills are applicable in any field. Strengthening decision-making, determination, conflict resolution, and self-knowledge helps us to become integral beings that can face any adversity.