Rivals Part II: Competition

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“Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.”

          –     Hebrew proverb

Same quote as Friday’s post?  Yes.  Because competition makes us better.

On the heels of Waukee’s big win over their rival Friday night, tonight the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers play their rival, some team that wears purple, in a game that means a lot, even though both teams are already in the playoffs.  A potential home playoff game hangs in the balance, and the likelihood that the two teams might play each other again in the playoffs is actually fairly likely.

The energy level and competitiveness run hot when rivals meet, which begs the question, “what kind of outcome should we expect when we square off against our rivals?”

One where both rivals learn and get better, where both teams “leave it all on the field” and have no regrets about their effort.

Why not do that every day, every time we engage?

Hmmmm.

What if we defined a rival as something that’s holding us back from being the best we can be?  If we do, how often would we discover that our rival, our primary competition, lies within us, not on the other side of the conflict?  That way, when both sides get better, we’re on both sides.  That way, when the energy level amps up, it’s always our energy.  That way, we win, learn and get better every day.

 

 


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