Monday Mottoes – #147
There are two schools of thought regarding success and winning in life: 1) winning is everything and 2) winning doesn’t matter. I believe it was Vince Lombardi who asked, “If winning isn’t everything, then why do we keep score?”
Games have been developed in recent decades to take the winning/losing aspect of the equation for young people. In an effort to eliminate the unfortunate designation of “losers”, they have done away with winners, as well.
That’s not life. Much of work, love and achievement includes some struggle which, rather than crush us, should make us better and stronger, as long as we’re taking on appropriate challenges. I’m not one for excruciating tests or competitions, but reaching for anything slightly beyond our natural ability helps us to achieve more and be more.
Which brings us to today’s motto:
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” ~Francis Chan
The question is not always, “Can we achieve it?” but “Do we truly want to achieve it?” Is it worth the expenditure of effort, or will it be a hollow victory.
However, combine the two and you’ve got the classic win-win: rising to the challenge… for things that matter.
Happy Monday, everyone!
————Tags: hollow victory?, if we win does someone else lose?, Monday motivational blog, reaching beyond our ability, succeeding in things that don't matter, things that matter