Don't those two things usually go hand in hand? Why would we play a game if we were not 'in it to win it'?
Well with a not so competitive person like me, I can see playing for the fun of playing.....
......for the joy of the exercise (if it is a sport we are talking about).....
......for the companionship of friends (if we are talking cards or board games)!!!!!
Now that is what I call winning!!!!
One of my fave newsletters I get in my inbox is written by Mark Henson who is the owner of Sparkspace, a Columbus, Ohio conference center. I have mentioned Mark's newsletter in the past on here because it often resonates with me. It often hits me right where I am at that very moment.
Read this excerpt from the most recent posting called Don't Play to Win.....
I'd just like to challenge you to think about what winning means to you. Does it mean making more money than the next guy? Does it mean having a bigger title? Corner office? Putting your competition out of business?
Or does it mean you went to work today and completely threw yourself into your work, collaborated with people you enjoy working with, overcame obstacles, and created the best (insert your product here) that you could create?
I believe if that's what winning looks like to you, it really doesn't matter if anyone else is behind you or in front of you in the race. You're not out to beat them. You're out to win YOUR race. To do the best you can do. To express YOUR talent fully in the talent show.
What's great about business is that, while sometimes there is a clear market leader, there's always room for multiple winners. Sometimes hundreds or thousands of winners. There's always room for more greatness.
Don't play to win. Play to be the best you can be. When you do, you won't always come in first place, but you will win every time.
As you can tell by reading this posting by Mark, it had to do with work and how you view winning at work? But what about winning in your everyday life?
I want to be the best ME I can be, the person God meant me to be....not the best whatever that someone expects me to be.
I want to do what I know is right....
to be kind, to be caring, to be loving to others and for others.......
but not at the expense of losing ME.
Do you ever feel like someone is expecting more of you than you can be?????
More than you can give?????
More than you can afford????
I am working on thinking more about what winning is to ME......making the most perfect me I can, the perfect creation that God wants me to be......
...............and trying REALLY hard
not to conform to what someone else's idea of perfection is.
Do you sometimes work to please others over and over until you are no longer pleasing yourself?
Does it make you a bad person, friend, parent??????
Or is taking care of yourself, the way to become that BEST????
Until next time.....