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Athletic Success: Choose to Win

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Bryce Gainer

Bryce Gainer, 2-time State Finalist and Future State Champion

“If you don’t play to win, then why keep score.”

For the past several years there has been a movement to hold sporting events without keeping score.  The premise is that everyone should just enjoy playing the game, without any concern for who wins and who loses.

From my perspective, as a small child, I see nothing wrong with this approach.  It gives kids a healthy grasp on the game and allows every single child on the team to participate in the fun.

However, the movement has also been to have middle school and high school athletes follow the same approach.  They say you should just play the game or sport for a set period of time, without keeping score, then shake hands at the end for all of the fun you shared together.

The problem here is that it is not real life.

The goal of sports (and school) should be to prepare young people for real life.  And as you know, real life can be tough.  Business can be a dog-eat-dog proposition.  Applying for that job can be an extremely competitive event.  Unfortunately, especially in the current U.S. economy, companies don’t post a job opening for an open position and get a single applicant.  In many of the larger cities, a single job opening could account for one thousand applications.  And the one that gets the job will be the one they view as being the best candidate.  That’s right, the BEST candidate.

You must choose to win.  You must decide that you will do whatever it takes to be your best.  You must look develop a plan to defeat your competition.  There’s plenty of room for everyone to have success in something, so don’t be afraid to fight for what you want.  Let those that you defeat find success next time or in a different arena.  If you have worked hard enough to be the best and deserve victory, then why not go and take it?

The simple act of deciding that you will do whatever it takes to be your best will automatically put you ahead of 90% of everyone else because most people are not willing to make the commitment to excellence.  Most people are not willing to compete against you.  Most people are not willing to work hard enough to be the best.  And as a former coach once said, ” it’s a real blessing to winners that most people are unwilling to work hard enough to be the best.  They give us someone to consistently defeat.”

Choose to be your best.  Choose to work as hard as you need to in order to reach the top.  For one day, I believe as Rick Warren wrote in The Purpose Drive Life, that God will ask us:  What did you do with what I gave you?

Maximize your potential and choose to WIN!

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!


Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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