competition (ˌkɒmpɪˈtɪʃən) —n: 1. the act of competing; rivalry: 2. a contest in which a winner is selected from among two or more entrants
Life is competition. We compete at sports, games, grades, jobs, friends, churches, and eternity. In each area of competition basic skills are necessary in order to compete. The idea is that competition will challenge the individual, group, or organization to prepare or practice harder. In order to compete in life here are a few things to keep in mind.
Communicate – More breakdowns occur in your friends, team, or organization because of a lack of communication. Misunderstandings, rumors, and silence will kill any hope of success. Instead, we must keep open channels of honest communication. Make certain that everyone know there duties before going into competition. Have signs or signals that will alert everyone to potential hazards.
On Time – How many meetings have we attended where we wait on someone to show up? The flip side is that if a set time is established then start at that time. I tell my leaders to set a time and start. Timing is also about respect. Respect the leader enough to get there on time. Respect the group enough to be there on time. Respect yourself enough to honor the commitments you have made.
Make Every Effort – This mostly has to do with attitude. Poor attitudes lead to lazy people. A group that does not have a good attitude will soon fail or die out. Over the years I have expressed to workers the need to leave home at home. I certainly understand that a person had a bad day at school or home, but when they clock-in it is time to leave that behind and focus on the job at hand.
Play Hard, Practice Harder – I gave this speech at my parent/player meeting at the beginning of the season. You will only play as well as you have practiced. If we don’t work hard in practice we will see the results in competition. If you don’t study, you will not make the grade you want. If you don’t hone your skills and stay sharp then someone might take your job in real life.
Encouragement – We tend to tear down more than build up. Instead of shouting, or spouting, off how bad the other group is let’s focus on encouraging one another to be better. Instead of everyone knowing what we are against, why not share what we are for? Words of encouragement can be very influential to a groups psyche.
Take Responsibility – This is in response to the blame game we have been taught to play. It is always someone else’s fault, right? Wrong! If you do something wrong take responsibility. Don’t blame your roommates for why you did not study. Don’t blame your parents for your choices as an adult. Take responsibility.
Evaluate – Take the time to evaluate the good and the bad. Make note of what went right and what went wrong. Setting goals and checking in periodically to see if you are on track can be a wonderful approach to moving forward.
Whether it is winning a game on the field, increasing business reach, or graduating with honors, being able to compete is a matter of choice. We don’t win every game. We can’t always reach every person with our product. However, choose to put the best you out there every time and learn to COMPETE.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1