Emotional Intelligence Makes You a Better Athlete - How?

Self-awareness is said to be the single most important factor in finding happiness, success and fulfillment in life. Having self-awareness is the first step in setting and chasing after goals. In a culture where “intelligence” is so often based off of pure logic or IQ, “emotional intelligence” is now beginning to appear more and more in research and in general becoming more influential in life scenarios. 

This is something that we at RISE feel strongly about and we implement these ideals into our RISE Olympian and Youth athlete mentorship curriculum. We have found that the athletes that go through our program not only reach or surpass their goals, but they come to know themselves better emotionally. This is not a coincidence, as “knowing thyself” is the key to personal success and conquering your goals.

“...there is not one form of intelligence, but potentially many, and that our emotions, rather than being weaknesses or obstacles to be overcome, instead possessed their own inherent wisdom that we could learn to harness.” - Shawn K


Below is an athlete testimonial                                                                                 

“I want to say thank you for all that you’ve helped me to accomplish! I am heading to Futures this week, and I was doing some reflecting and relaxing. Rise has helped me so much, from gaining confidence to understanding what works for me. I am so excited that this goal is one I can say I’ve accomplished (this time I get to swim some individual events!).

Thank you for helping me to understand myself and my swimming. I am so grateful that you have been able to guide my mental journey.” - RISE ATHLETE

As athletes, we tend to focus on goals that are associated with physical endeavors, without realizing the emotional and mental aspects of achieving that goal. The journey of working toward the goal ends up being mostly a mental game. The next goal you make, think about this! Note the steps it’s going to take to reach your goal physically, but also the mental steps and gains you need to accomplish and work on  to get you there.

RISE Blog Contributor

Jess Rocheleau