In the "game of life" choices must be made. These choices affect the outcome of the game-in other words it determines whether or not you win so it is very competitive, just like athletic competition. It's all about making the right choices and also depends on the choices that others make that will ultimately affect you.
Athletic competition is similar to life on a lot of different levels. One that I think of is learning good work ethics. For an athlete to be at the top level he or she has to develop strong work ethics. They learn to go ahead and persevere even if things are not going quite the way they want them to right now. The same hods true in life, even if you are going througf struggles you have to peresvere and continue to work to get through them.
Here's yet another angle...
In athletic competition you usually have supporters who want you to succeed. The person/team you are competing against usually has their own set of supporters who are hoping their team wins...that, unfortunately, means they want you to fail. Sometimes as an athlete, it's hard to ignore the voices of opposition; their voices sometimes seem to drown out those of the folks who are trying to help you. Likewise, in life, you have those who will do anything to help you thrive. Then, in contrast, you have the naysayers whose voices you have to muffle in order to clearly hear those who encourage. In life it can sometimes be a challenge to surround yourself with people who can speak those necessary words of encouragement while distancing yourself from those who seek to put you down.
Without taking the time to read the other posts, and I recognize some quality posters have responded, I would say that there are several ways in which life and athletics are similar. Not all "players" have the same advantages. Whether the "players" make the most of their skills and talents, and whether that is enough to win at the "game" is not always easily resolved. The "players" can be great people, work really hard, do all the right things, and they might still lose. The analogy could go on and on, but I won’t.
A composition on how athletic competition is like the game of life could draw upon all the positive, desirable personality qualities that are developed and strengthened during enjoyable healthy physical competition. If taken too far, you could sum up at the end, these goals can become over-riding and personal ambition and greed for success can railroad over the needs and rights of weaker competitors. (Liken this to big business/family businesses etc.)
Here are some qualities that link the two: ambition,perseverance,dedication,commitment,fairness,courtesy,rule-keeping,aspiration,record-keeping,stamina,fortitude,truth,honesty,routine,partnership,team-work,research,encouragement. All these elements are needed in life and in sport so that either can be beneficial for all of us who are in the race for life.
The first answer has a rosier view of sports than I would give. I have seen quite a bit of evading responsibility on teams I have played on and coached (the second, at least, you could blame on me...)
Anyway, here's what I'd say:
- The two are similar mainly in that you have to learn how to take bad outcomes and just deal with them. In both, you will get bad outcomes due to luck, the incompetence of others or, often enough, your own incompetence. When that happens, you have to deal with it.
- Both will put pressure on you and reveal your character. Situations like the ones I just described will make you show "what you're really made of."
These two sum up my view of how sports and life are similar -- both deal out good and bad breaks, triumph and sorrow. Both demand that you deal with what they give you. Your character is revealed in how you do that.
In many respects, any athletic competition is similar to "the game of life." On one level, success in both only happen if there is a level of commitment to what one feels is essential. Little good transpires if individuals do not pursue their belief about success without a sense of zeal and passion. This leads to another point in terms of similarity. There can be little evasion from the responsibility of hard work and dedication to task. The reality is that if one seeks to not engage in labor and challenging notions of work product and process, success will not be as evident. Both life and athletic competitions have rules that must be followed, and guiding principles that, to varying degrees, are not as widely enforced on an equal or consistent basis. Yet, one cannot use this as an excuse, but rather seek to rise above it. Finally, there are times when the final score or tally does not reveal the true measure of the "heart" shown. In both life and athletic competitions, the true measure of what was given might not be reflected in quantifiable means, but rather exist in another mode of measurement.
Pre means before, and Pare means ready. Put them together and you have prepare.An athlete, or better yet a good athlete ,will prepare for the games,before they begin.He/she will development the right work ethics, and standards,by first demonstrating a desire to win.A good life calls for preparation and development.A good athlete will plan their work, and work their plan.Many times this requires training and preparation as early as elementary school. Many of our great athletes today learned their skills at a very young age (example ,Tiger Woods). As in life ,the athlete must not just have practice but perfect practice. People are given second chances in life, and athletes have second chances to win a championship. But winning the game involves the most perfect.