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It Really Is How You Play the Game

By Staff | Nov 3, 2015

It’s the effort that really counts.

How many times have you heard it said “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” It really is true! Winning is not everything, and think about it, if you learn from defeat, you really haven’t lost.

The biggest failure of all is the person who never tries.

I read a story one time about attitudes and efforts, not sure if this is exactly right, but it went something like this.

A large company sent two shoe salesmen out to different parts of a nation to see if they could sell some shoes. After being there awhile, the company received e-mails from both reps.

The first one said, “no business here, the natives don’t wear shoes.” The second one said, “great opportunity here, the natives don’t wear shoes.”

See how the biggest failure of all is the person who never tries.

It’s the effort that really counts.

Sports is the same way. You will never fail if you give it all you got because what really matters is not the final score, but did you do your best.

And don’t worry about making mistakes, the biggest mistake an athlete can make is being afraid to make one. Put everything you have into everything you do, it’s like life, the best way to get more out of it is to put more into it.

Effort, effort, effort! Hate to lose more than you love to win. It’s all up to you, get motivated and work hard at whatever you do. Don’t let other people’s garbage get you down, some of them are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointment.

As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it, and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally, just wish them well and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to others, don’t let garbage take over your day.

Don’t let others cause you to fail, don’t be a quitter, keep trying and sooner or later those defeats will turn to victory. I have watched local sports for the past 40 years and our athletes are as motivated as any I’ve seen. We may not always win, but the effort is there.

One of my favorite sporting events to watch has always been the Summer Olympics. Talk about effort and desire! Watching the greatest athletes in the world can sure motivate a person.

Motivation comes in many different forms. It may come from a family member or a teammate, a coach, from a personal experience or a goal that you might have set. However, most often it comes when someone says you can’t and you know you can, which takes us back to the old saying a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

Effort comes from motivation and motivation comes from a positive attitude. Someone with a negative attitude will never get motivated. It’s almost like procrastination, so many things fail to get accomplished because we wait too long.

I had a leaky toilet seal and I let it go until the floor needed replaced. A little motivation and I could have saved myself some time and money. I asked a boy the other day if he was ready for basketball this year, his answer was “I’m not playing this year.” I said, why not you’ve lettered three years. “Yea, but coach doesn’t like me and I didn’t play that much.”

After three years, he hasn’t gotten any better! Why? Because he wasted his time, never practiced in the off season. I don’t believe the saying practice makes perfect, but I do believe effort and motivation will enhance your skills.

If you want to be a successful athlete start early, don’t wait until it’s too late. Spend the time necessary to make yourself better. You don’t have to spend all your time sharpening your skills, but you need to get motivated, put out the effort and stay focused.

Tyler Consolidated just had a freshman girl compete in the state cross country championship. Do you think she got there by never running? I’m sure she put in many, many hours of hard work and dedicated herself to the event. What motivated her to work so hard? What kept her going? Only she knows the answer but if I was to guess, I would say effort kept her going and success motivated her.

I saw great effort this week from our local athletes. We didn’t win them all but we sure didn’t quit. Stay focused and prepare for the next game, get fired up, get motivated and win or lose keep up the effort.

Life is not a bowl of cherries and many times the turn of events will not go your way. Brush them off and stay proud of who you are and who you represent, the sun will still shine tomorrow.