I was with a group of friends and co-workers the other night and we were talking about kids in sports while eating the most fabulous salsa ever (you know it was good when I say this since I make my own and have always thought it was the best…until now)! Someone brought up the concept of cheering for the past. I was really intrigued by this, especially after having spent 15 years of my life in parks and rec and looking for positive ways to encourage kids as well as ways to have the spectators (mostly parents) do the same.
She went on to explain, they were told to always cheer for the past. In other words, the normal comments you hear from the sidelines are things like “hustle” and “kick the ball” or “throw the ball” or “pay attention”…you get the idea…it’s like a huge group of people coaching but not necessarily in a way that is helpful. If you cheer for the past, they hear things like “nice leg work” and “way to hustle” and “great catch” and who can’t get enough of that?!
I love this concept and am surprised I’d never heard it before. I think it works well outside of sports so that’s why I’m sharing it here today. Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, a co-worker, a friend or a spouse…consider being a cheerleader for your loved ones by cheering for the wonderful things they’ve already done. You might be surprised at the results you get in the future.