“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” -John Wooden, Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach
The NFL draft has come and gone, and watching it had me thinking about what must go through a player’s mind: knowing that there are other players gunning for your position must cause some serious mental pressure, but I think the key is to use that pressure as fuel to achieve personal success.
Robert McKee says:
“True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature.”
The pressure of competition can be beneficial to a person who understands their purpose. Knowing that there is someone else striving for a similar objective as ourselves is a great motivator to push ourselves to be great. The key is to remember not to allow the competition to give birth to jealousy.
Jealousy comes when we forget what our personal goals are, and we begin to desire what someone else has. When we remember that we each have a specific destiny, we can be confident knowing that as long as we push ourselves to be our personal best; we will get to where we desire to be in our set time.
There is no need to be jealous in competition, especially in a team setting. Each person on a team has a role. It’s essential to pinpoint which role is our own, and stay in that lane. Football coach Vince Lombardi said this,
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
Rather than allowing the pressure of competition to drive a wedge of jealousy between team mates, great players use it as fuel to push themselves to work hard to obtain a personal and team victory.
-Proverbs 24:10 Living Bible (TLB) “You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity.”