What kind of training do you think you need to make it to the top in business or in your life? Do you prefer to win against an easy opponent or to lose against someone who is better and challenges you?
In times of competition I’m guessing that you would not be adverse to taking the easy win, but when the game or competition is in training, the easy win is not going to serve you to be the best you can be. It is time to be challenged.
I’ve been playing scrabble with a variety of opponents with different skill levels. I do like my scrabble and usually win, except against two of my friends. They truly test me and sometimes frustrate me. It’s interesting how words come easy against the other opponents, but with these two it’s consistently challenging (so no, it’s not luck of the letters).
Who do you think I love to play against? A champion mind is on a quest for continual improvement, and so the challenges help me to improve my game.
What skills will help you to win in the long term? Do you stick to the skills you have and make them better or do you find a new skill that will make the difference between winning and losing, between Gold and Silver, and learn and master that skill?
I remember when I was still playing international beach volleyball that my coach took my game apart and worked on improving my setting. I don’t know if you have ever learnt something new – that first your results backslide. You get worse! It feels terrible and it can be tempting to turn your back on persisting to learn and master a new skill.
It can be tempting to go back to what you already know in order to ‘win’ now. But that win is short-lived and you know that if you stick it out and learn this new skill what that will mean for your ability to win long-term.
Sometimes you have to lose in order to win. You have to accept that results might go backwards, and keep your eye on the big picture. It will be worth it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of losing – but it all depends how you define losing. If you are challenged and take your game to another level, are you not winning and setting yourself up for success in the future?
A champion mind, an Olympian mind, is seeking to excel and will do whatever it takes to get there.
How do you challenge yourself in your life? Are you on a quest for continual improvement in your skills, in your service, in your knowledge? It is said that if you are not growing, you are dying.
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