Category Archives: Competition

Find a Way

Every team has faced impossible odds. Some teams that are used to falling short believe those odds to be a sign to quit. Other teams that have faced a slim chance only to succeed in the past see any chance as hope for that same victory with long odds. Hope is all anyone needs to press on

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Honor

Great teams are often misunderstood by their less successful counterparts. Ordinary teams like to make the assumption that those who seem to have better outcomes or positions obtained those outcomes or positions by cheating. The reality is that truly great teams focus on the most important things which include integrity and honor. Cheating is far more likely

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The Non-Fan

Every sports team has fans but not everyone acknowledges the flip side to that coin…every team has haters. There is some kind of natural and innate aversion to acknowledging that there are people who don’t like certain things. We are not surprised by that fact but I do think we don’t like to talk about it. I

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Pressure for Perfection?

What happened to the days when teams were not expected to have a perfect season? Perfect seasons are rare and yet perfection seems to be in the expectations more than in the past. Great teams have bad days. Everyone has moments that do not reflect their overall state of being. With the exception of one team, every

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Unwavering Attitudes

Teams and teammates that have an unwavering attitude resist the wisdom of the quitter or settler. The path of least resistance doesn’t sound like wisdom to them. The unwavering team can be annoying because they stubbornly hang in there long after others move on. They seemingly waste time in a painful effort that wasn’t supposed to be

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Strategy or Habit

Football teams usually punt on fourth down. This isn’t quitting. It’s a strategic move that places the ball in the other team’s hands in hope of getting it back with better field position. Not all quitting is as strategic as this. There is a difference between quitting when things get harder than you anticipated and quitting to

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The Disappointment Test

Every team loses at some point. Every team gives up a touchdown or a home run at just the wrong moment. It’s the moment immediately following disappointment that determines the quality of a team. Do they respond with backing down and accepting the fact that things didn’t go as planned? Do they turn on each other and begin

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The Applause Test

I have been around competition my entire life. I believe that it is easy to spot a wanna-be and a real competitor. Real competitors appreciate great performances. They don’t care whose it is. They don’t care if it is their own or someone else’s. They don’t care that they are a male getting outshone by a female. They don’t care how old or

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