If you are fully dedicated to cheerleading and love it more than anything, there are so many important lessons that you will learn along the way. As you get older you will learn to appreciate that you learned these lessons early in life.
1. THE SHOW MUST GO ON
You make a mistake during the routine? You can’t just stop because you are frustrated. You learn that no matter what the show must go on. You learn that you can’t let one mistake get in your head and cause you to mess up during the rest of the routine. If you have a tumbling bust you learn to stand up and smile and move on. You are going to mistakes in life but you just have to brush them off, keep going and learn from them just like you did in cheerleading.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK
You learn that you will not be successful if you only think of yourself and don’t work as a team. Cheerleading teaches you to not only do things for yourself, but to do them for your team. If you don’t work as a team during a routine, it would be a disaster. You learn the importance of working hard so you won’t let your team down.
3. HAVING TRUST IS KEY
Whether you are a flyer, base or back, having trust in your teammates is so important. Being a flyer you have to trust that everyone below you is going to catch you. If you are a base or back you need to show your flyer that they can trust you. You take hard falls, get elbowed or kicked but you still catch your flyer so they know they can trust you. You also learn to trust your coaches when you are getting spotted on new tumbling skills. Cheerleading definitely teaches you how important having trust is.
4. YOU NEED TO BE DEDICATED AND DETERMINED IN ORDER TO SUCCEED
Nailing down a cheerleading routine isn’t easy. You can’t just show up to practice whenever you feel like it and only give 80%. You need to come into the gym with the mindset that you want to become better and succeed. You need to come in and give it your all and come in outside of practice to see improvement. There is no way that you can be successful if you aren’t dedicated and determined. You should go to practice because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to.
5. YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE CAPABLE OF DOING THINGS THAN YOU THINK
You learn skills in cheerleading that you think you would never be able to do. Your coaches constantly push you because they know you are capable of so much more than you think. Sometimes you feel like you can’t possibly do another full out routine, but you push yourself and realize that you are capable of doing it. If you get in the mindset that you are capable of doing anything then you are set for life!
6. PRACTICE LIKE YOU’RE IN LAST IN ORDER TO BE FIRST
You can’t become cocky after you get first at a competition because you won’t be in the right mindset for practice. Obviously you can celebrate and be happy when you get first, but you can’t let that change the way you practice. You always have to keep in mind that there is always someone out there working harder and you have to practice like you are in last in order to be first. You have to keep pushing and giving it your all.
7. TIME MANAGEMENT IS SO IMPORTANT
From having practice multiple times a week and having competitions on the weekends, you are forced to learn the importance of time management. If you are a cheerleader and don’t manage your time well you will end up doing everything last minute and get super stressed out. You learn to do your homework on the way to practice or on the way to competitions. If you ever have a chance to study you take advantage of it so you won’ be stressed out at big competitions. Time management isn’t just important while you are a cheerleading, it is also super important when you graduate and get a job.
8. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO
If you want to get a skill you make a goal and constantly work towards your goal until you have that skill. If you don’t have confidence and don’t really care you probably won’t get that skill. Basically if you work hard and believe you can, than you will.
9. THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSION
If you aren’t passionate about cheerleading then why are you really doing it? Being passionate about something makes it so much more fun and enjoyable. Cheerleading shows you that if you are truly passionate about something it makes a huge difference. In the future when you have a job, think back to the passion you had in cheerleading and make sure you are passionate about the job you have. Because after all, if you aren’t passionate about it then why are you doing it?
10. YOU WILL MAKE MANY SACRIFICES BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT
You can’t be successful unless you make sacrifices. In cheerleading you learn that you have to make sacrifices. You give up most of your weekends, cut down on your social life and dedicate most of your time to cheerleading. Later in life, you will appreciate that you learned how to make sacrifices in order to be successful.
Cherish every single moment of cheerleading. When you are at practice or at a competition, take everything in and realize that you aren’t going to cheer forever, but you will always carry the lessons cheerleading has taught you close to your heart.