A person’s ego is one’s sense of self, how we feel about ourselves and our performance. Everyone has an ego, the question is, is it beneficial or detrimental to you? this relates to how much work you put in, how calm you are able to remain and how you treat others.

In the midst of a sporting event, one might step up overconfident with a boosted ego. When this happens, a person has a tendency to become overconfident and let their guard down. They will underestimate their opponent. Over confidence leads a person to believe that their opponent is below them and that they don’t have to work as hard to secure the win.

That being said, it is important to be confident in yourself and your ability. You have to trust that you have done everything you can and put all the work in to secure the win. You must also though keep calm and focused on the goal at hand. Don’t get ahead of yourself.

The final part is to respect your opponent. No matter how good you are or how much you train you must treat every opponent with the same level of respect. When you start to get ahead of yourself and let your ego take control that is when you will start to get lackadaisical. No matter the rankings always give your all.

Allow yourself to have an ego, but always remember to keep it in check. Stay calm and focused on the task at hand and trust your training. And finally treat every opponent with respect and always give your all. These are the keys to controlling your ego and staying ahead of the game.