Why not play to win?
Too many play to not lose. That's being a victim, and what fun is in that?
Life is like a game. It has rules. It has winners and losers. It also has participants with advantages and disadvantages.
But winning the game is different for each individual. In fact, winning and losing can be defined by the individual if one chooses to.
But what is common amongst winners is they play expecting to win. And with that attitude, they usually do.
Those who lose usually enter the test playing not to lose. The difference being the focus is on playing the game according to the opponents objectives, not one’s own.
Even in losing, the one with the winning mindset leaves the situation knowing they left it all in the field, nothing held back.
Check out 2 Samuel 10:16-18 in the Bible Old Testament. Shobach the Syrian commander and King David came to battle to win. Both were true warriors and lived for the battle. David won, but Shobach died a warriors death.
The Philistines were able to deal Israel a crushing defeat with this mindset:
“Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!"
– 1 Sam 4:9
Live with courage or exist in fear. What is your choice?
Character is forged through challenge and trials. Do not fear the challenge!
Let’s close out this post with a little William Shakespeare:
“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once."
– Julius Caesar
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