Somewhere, the idea of competitive sports has received the label of being a bad thing; especially for our youth. That attitude also filters into other areas of our society.
Philosophically, we have moved from the field of competition to participation awards.
I’ve watched my children as often as I could work their way through the old world competitive youth sports programs. I’ve seen them go through good teams, poor teams, great coaches, good coaches not so good coaches.
I will say all the coaches of youth sports should be commended for sacrificing their time to work with our kids. Every coach I’m sure has the intentions of helping our children find success and enjoy the field of competition. I think that is where we lose track. The real world is competitive. Even in the most ideal of circumstances the world will be globally competitive.
Rather than shelter our youth from the competitive aspect of society we should teach our young ones to embrace it.
I’ve been an NFL coach for over 20 years and I am ecstatic to see the coaching world with the likes of Pete Carroll who coaches in an enthusiastic, positive, energetic fashion that teaches men to embrace competition.
His athletes learn to enjoy competition and the challenges set before them. It is the competition itself that becomes the attraction. Winning or losing is the measuring stick of competition.
Enjoy winning because it is difficult to do if you are striving to become the best. If it is not enjoyable to win then there is no longer the passion to win. When the team wins it’s important everybody wins. That is the goal. When we lose, everybody has a hand in the loss. When you don’t win it is important to treat that setback as a lesson. Learn from the experience and correct the things you can and look forward to the next challenge.
Finally, wins and losses decide the competition. Wins and losses do not define us.
Doing the best with what we have been given is what will define our character.
Let us also be reminded that competition does exist within the team. It is important that team members understand the team always comes first. Decisions made are for the best interests of the team. When the team wins all win. Each team member contributes his or her share to the common goal.
Talent, experience, and opportunity are some reasons the amount of each one’s contribution to the team may differ. Each team member is important to reaching the goal. There are times based on the overall strategy to accomplish the goal that one team member’s area of expertise may be highlighted over others.
Being a member of a team means respecting the chain of command and putting the teams goal’s ahead of any individual goals. Leaders understand how to develop a competitive edge by maintaining a team mentality in the world of wins and losses. Have a passion for good and do good with a passion.