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Learning to "Pass It On"

Even the greatest football players such as Messi or Ronaldo know the importance of passing on the ball to their teammates when needed. There’s a reason why passing is one of the first football skills you are taught when learning how to play football. Passing on the ball is an essential part of any game – without it, the game would very much be stagnant, and there wouldn’t be a need for a team at all. Football isn’t a solo show.

To most of us, passing the ball may just be a simple action. But as a player, knowing when to let go of the ball reveals a lot about your character.

Importance of trust in a team

Passing on the ball to your teammate is an indication of the trust and belief you have in him to receive the ball and play it well. This means relying on someone else to do the right thing even if you’re sure of your own abilities. Trust allows the team to work together better as you begin to recognise the different playing styles of your teammates. It is further built when you are able to predict the movements of your team. Through a collective effort, the team will advance to greater heights.

Humility in a game

Recognising that your teammate might be in a better position and passing the ball accurately to him is an act of service and humility. You are letting go of the chance to be the “MVP” of the game and giving that chance to someone else who you know may be able to do a better job. Imagine a player who thinks he’s the best and refuses to pass the ball to any of his teammates who are in a better position to score – his pride may result in the team losing possession, and even the game. No lone player, regardless of skill, is able to carry an entire team.

Serving in daily life

It is important to know when to give and receive in the game – likewise in life. We can serve others in our daily lives through simple actions, such as sharing the load with a friend who has a lot to carry, or offering to cover for a colleague who’s on MC. Such acts of thoughtfulness go a long way, and it’s highly likely that you’ll be offered the same help when you need it. As they say, “do unto others what you want others to do to you”.

Putting others first may not be an instinctive behavior for many of us. As humans, we are often naturally self-centered. It takes intentionality and self-discipline to form a habit of serving others, and to think about what is best for the other person. But when we do that, your teammates, family, friends and those around you will definitely see the difference you are making. So go forth and serve!