Ninety degrees. Blazing sun. High humidity and no breeze. Now add to that hours of jogging, sprinting and kicking, and you have a summer weekend with a U12 travel soccer player.
Yesterday, I watched the boys perform better than anyone could expect under such grueling conditions, and up against one of the top teams in the state. Yet, the result was a demotivating 3-5 loss and a lot of downturned eyes.
As Becket slumped toward me to head home, the coach called out and motioned him over. One of the players from the team below ours was out and did he want to fill in? He did, and went on to play two more games that day in the same conditions. However at the end he was skipping and laughing.
Because he was asked to join the B Team that day, Becket was one of the strongest players on the pitch, and was able to score the first goal and assist several others. He was the big fish in the small pond. And he was loving it.
Sometimes life can kick us when we are down and we may find ourselves on the receiving end of a proverbial defeat. You didn’t win the work, you were passed up for promotion, your calendar is empty.
When this happens, join the B Team to jump start your success! Get out and offer your services to those who would normally not be able to afford you, or volunteer your talents for someone who is truly in need. When you have the opportunity to serve, and to be on the receiving end of that gratitude it will result in a renewed spirit and maybe a few new ideas.
Sulking on the sidelines is the best way to feel worse. When things are dark, light a spark, and suit up to serve. Action steps will move you forward so that when the whistle blows to start the next challenge on your A Team, you will be ready, willing and able to give it your very best shot.
And regardless of the score, that is how you win at life.