I spent Saturday afternoon, in the pouring down rain, watching as my daughter Amy’s high school Varsity Cross Country team took the Section Championship for the fifth straight year!
I was amazed and impressed as I saw these talented, hard working young athletes give it everything they had and once again take home the top prize.
As a former athlete both at the high school and college level, I know that this championship team did not just get “lucky”, happen to be successful or were even just blessed with exceptional talent. No, this team has some key components available to everyone, that have contributed to their success. Whether we are competing as an athlete, working to run a successful business, managing a productive home, raising the future generation or seeking to live a life of purpose, we too need to seek similar key components if we are to be a champion in life.
1. You must have a great coach
It is true, whether you are an undefeated recreational girls soccer team, a number one ranked college football program or an Olympic gold medalist – you have great coaches! And in our businesses, families and life pursuits we need great coaches too.
The JECHS cross country team has one of those exceptional coaches.
A great coach is –
- influential & inspirational
- a teacher & a trainer
- a role model & example
- a cheerleader & encourager
- a drill sergeant & an accountability partner
We need to seek out great coaches in our life. Align yourself with people who will inspire and influence you to greatness. Look for excellent teaching and training. Be diligent to be around positive, encouraging role models who will lead by example. Submit yourself to programs that require hard work and discipline. Allow others to hold you accountable.
These coaches can also be books, CD’s, videos, articles, radio broad casts, conferences or a multitude of various resources that can help train you to become a champion in life. In fact, the most inspirational and influential life coach is as close as that #1 bestseller sitting on your shelf…the Bible.
2. You must practice consistently
Every team or athlete I know practices and trains on a regular basis. Whether its once or twice a week in recreational sports or everyday for championship athletes, we too need to practice our pursuits consistently.
What is your practice schedule like? Are you diligent and consistent in working your business, managing your home, raising up your children or living the life you desire? Do you practice daily the skills you need to be a champion? Or are you living life with inconsistent or only occasional training time?
Are you spending time
- warming up (planning and preparing)
- doing drills & sweating (working hard at the things that will help you succeed and doing them over and over until you get them right)
- building endurance & sweating even more! (going the “extra” mile…not just doing the minimum)
- cooling down (taking time to reflect and evaluate)
For any of us to truly be successful in any area of life we must commit ourselves to a consistent practice schedule.
3. You must see and believe
Much of what is needed when becoming a champion is mental. It is amazing the power of our mind. An athlete or team who is mentally prepared to win – can visualize beating the competition, getting that trophy and believes that they can and will win the prize – always has the competitive edge. On our way to the meet this weekend Amy was verbally going over the race she was going to run. She decided that she would stay with the top runners and that she would run her fastest time yet. She believed she could accomplish this. Add to that the prayer that is a regular part of her teams pre-game preparation and Amy came across the finish line in the #2 position for her team with her fastest time of the season and with the coach proclaiming that she “ran the race of a lifetime!”
What do you see for your business, home, marriage, children and life? What is your vision for the finish line? Do you believe that with the Lords help & strength you can accomplish everything that you set your heart and mind on?
4. You must endure and not quit
Far to many people have quit before they cross the finish line. They have given up on themselves as an entrepreneur or business owner. They have tired of managing their home and let things slide. They have quit on their marriage or in being diligent to raise their children with strong morals and values. They have simply stopped practicing, training or working towards accomplishing their life goals & dreams.
If you are going to live a championship life….you can’t quit! No matter how hard it gets, no matter the obstacles, no matter the overwhelming circumstances…keep going.
I can’t say it better than the Bible does in I Corinthians 9:24-25
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
Let’s live the life of a champion!
Let’s run the race to win!