You’re not even in the game.

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” ~ Grantland Rice

Remember that quote? I hate it. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s how we play the game. Hmm….

The reason I don’t like the quote is that most of the time we’re not even in the game to begin with.

When we skip a workout or we have the extra pizza, even though we’re trying to lose weight or get healthier, we’re not in the game.

When we say we want to start a blog, but don’t make the effort to write a few words, we’re not in the game.

When we talk about being unhappy in our current situation and make statements like “someday, I’m going to do things my way,” we’re not really in the game.

The list goes on and on…. We might say we’re in a lull. Perhaps we’d compare it to the seventh inning stretch. Wrong. You’re still outside the stadium looking for a ticket.

SO here’s how you play the game.

You jump right in and play to win. You put on your best equipment and give it all you’ve got.

Even if you’re writing a blog post about the game, at least you’re competing. 🙂

When you start the workout, even though it hurts like hell and there’s an extreme amount of short term pain, congrats – we’ve got a game.

Sticking to your diet and fighting the temptations, or avoiding the smoke when you’re trying to quit; howdy, glad you showed up to the game.

I’m fascinated by the idea of the resistance and the lizard brain, because that’s the competition. They know that half the time you won’t even show up, but when you do, it’s game time!

And now what? Half the time the resistance wins! For some of us, the resistance is kicking our asses every single game. But you know what, we never just throw the game and let them win. It’s all about how we play it.

Get in the game.

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“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s if you show up and play.” ~ Noah Fleming