Category Archives: Competition

Ironic Aspiration

Being the best or elite in something has its ironic costs. “Elite” has some interesting definitions. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the primary definition of elite is, “the choice part” and the secondary definition is “the best class.” The next two definitions represent the negative connotation we have with the word elite. The third definition is “the socially

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Hell Week

Great teams learn to operate without people who quit in the grind by creating artificial environemnts that will weed out the people who will not last anyway. Football teams call this Hell Week. It’s designed to get the team in the physical condition to play full contact football in pads but more importantly, it separates those who

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Sheer Will

I have noticed something about all teams. There is always someone who is trusted more in crunch time. These are the people who welcome the ball in times that most people shy away from responsibility. They run towards the danger, conflict, problem, obstacle, or difficult opponent. These are the people who change the room when they walk

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How will the Astros respond?

The Houston Astros are a great case study in the villain label. They won the championship in 2017 and could have received a villain label for outlasting everyone that year. Recently it has come to light that they may have earned a different type of villain label by cheating and compromising the integrity of the outcome of

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Desire

The word desire brings to mind an image that seems to be a hybrid of caring and wanting. When a team truly wants something, they will focus more on what is necessary to achieve what they want. That seems to be an obvious statement but so many people fall short because they only talk about wanting something

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Internal Rivalry

It’s one thing for a team to stand for something and then discover that there is another team who stands against them. It’s another thing to have a teammate stand for something and then develop a rivalry with someone on the same team. This happens because we often compete for the same limited resources. There is nothing

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The Other Reason

The second reason why people may not believe they have real life enemies or rivals is that people are passive about rivalries. This is often the case when the rivalry is not as obvious as a sports or military situation. This happens in office power struggles or the politics of popularity in schools, places of worship, and

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One Reason

If you believe you do not have any enemies or rivals, one of two things is likely to be true. One reason for the lack of rivals is that you actively avoid competition. Perhaps you are a people pleaser and roll over the second someone else takes a stand because you’re afraid you will be disliked. In

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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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