Thursday, October 3, 2013

Love the Challenge

All of us have probably had this experience--we play some sort of game against an opponent who is not very good.  Maybe you play basketball with your sibling who is 5 years younger than you.  Perhaps you have played a soccer game against a team that had no idea what it was doing.  Perhaps you played a board game against an someone who was just not very good at that particular game.  

At first, it is kinda fun dominating the opponent.  No matter what you do, you win by a large margin.  What could be better, right?

On the other hand, is that truly what people want--to have every game an "easy" game? After awhile, it gets boring, doesn't it?  Another dunk on my 3 foot tall younger brother?  Another goal scored against the team that should be playing in different league? Ho hum.  

What we really need is to be challenged.  And we need to love that challenge.

How much would a basketball championship mean if you won every game by 75 points?  Wouldn't a state championship mean more if it was close, but you pulled away in the final minutes because of superior mental strength, fitness, skill and smarts?

We should love each challenge and embrace it.  We need to look forward to being tested.  We need to embrace growth through strong competition. 

With that kind of attitude, you can't help but be successful.

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