“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or...
You’ll win some, and you’ll lose some. You’ll endure stretches where it feels as if every time you take one step forward, you’re knocked back two or three. You continue to press forward, but are slowed to a walk, then a stagger, and then a crawl.
But still, you advance.
It hurts. It’s damn depressing and heartbreaking during stretches. Words of encouragement from others fall on deaf ears. Discouraged, and devastated, onward you must go. It’s not easy. No, it’s far from a simple thing. Your body is wanting to quit. Doubt whispers lies into your ears, allowing your thoughts to drift toward questioning if you truly have “what it takes.” Your heart wonders if it can continue to handle the small victories that seem overshadowed by larger disappointments.
I’ve always been one to revel in the thrill of competition. From a young age, I only focused on sports and improving myself in that area to be a better player and teammate. As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed that each one of us, no matter our background or economic status, has to compete day in and day out.
Call it survival, but we daily fight for our lives.
Our relationships (family, friendships, loved ones, even our faith) would all wilt without our continued focus and energy in nurturing them. Just look at ruined relationships – one party usually gets tired of fighting and gives up and things begin to die. Our professional careers are the same way – do you really think your boss is going to pay you just to clock in and clock out without providing any value in the hours between? What about creating your own business or product?
Healthy competition is at the heart of every winner – in sports and in life. It is not about cutting corners, cheating, or disrespecting your opponents in an attempt to win. A true competitor is determined to work towards improving their skills and life – putting in the long, hard hours needed to break through plateaus and achieve success.
But competing goes beyond sports. Competing is about life.