I'm not a fan of competition. I much prefer to see life as a team effort, not us vs. them. I like to think that we're all winners. However, I do try to live in the "real world" and that means that sometimes things just don't go the way we want them to; we lose.Those are the inevitable disappointments we all have from time to time. Loss will teach us more than winning ever will. We just need to pay attention to the lesson.
How we handle those disappointments is key. Are you one that simply gives up when a problem arises? Or do you catch the "ball", what problem you're facing, and run with it? Let's say that the opposing team intercepts your pass and runs to score a touchdown. Would your team just throw their hands in the air, give up, and walk off the field? No. That wouldn't make for much of a game, would it? Life is exactly the same way.
You can't give up everytime you miss a good play, or when the other team scores a few points and gets ahead. Being successful in life is not only about having a good offense but also having a good backup plan...or defense, in case you get thrown the "wrong" ball.
I like to tackle my problems head on. I plan, organize, and put out my best effort in everything I do. But when I fumble, and trust me I do quite often, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep right on playing. I may have to rethink my strategy along the way, but there's usually a way through the defensive line, if I just give it some thought. And should I NOT find a solution? What then? Is it really so terrible to lose once in awhile? Losing won't fundamentally change who you are on the inside, unless you let it. That's the valuable lesson we all need to learn; the trophy awarded us for a game well-played.
Grantland Rice, a 20th century sportswriter, famously said, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game." I'm not always successful in all my endeavors, far from it; few frogs are. I think most humans can relate, too. But no matter the outcome, I know I've put forth my best effort and played a clean game. To be successful in any game, including the game of life, we don't have to knock down and run over our opponents in order to "win." Whether or not we recognize it, we're all successful from the moment we're born. It's a question of recognizing our own greatness. Perhaps we can't all be "winners" on the field of sports, or in business, but we can all be the MVP in our own life. We just need to face life's little disappointments and move on with grace, dignity, and a little compassion for our fellow players.