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December 30, 2011 6:42 AM Subscribe
When playing sports, I don't handle the "drill sergeant" personality well, at all. How do I change myself?
posted by anonymous to human relations (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
When participating in my team sport of choice, quite often other players will shout things to encourage everyone during warm-ups and drills. "Keep up", "hurry up", "let's go", "move it!", "go, go, go!" things like that. Trying to be the drill sergeant, to push me to work harder and improve.
However, when they do it, I get very "fuck you, *you* can't tell me what to do" and start slacking off. They don't inspire me to push myself, I just end up thinking they're jerks and tools. I get junior high gym teacher flashbacks.
Information that is most likely relevant: this is the first team sport I have *ever* played. I'm in my late 30's.
I can't expect them to change, so I have to change myself. Suggestions/tips/ideas?