#Balance Brief – competitive spirit
At what point in life did we find our competitive spirit? It’s obviously different for everyone, based on how you grew up and the factors that forced competition in your family but I assume it was early in life as we vied for toys, time
and an entry level of hierarchy.
How competitive you are changes with environment, external pressures and personal motivations. We are not competitive with everything we do in life; yet we all have an engrained level of competitive spirit to not only just compete but also
to ultimately win.
Many would argue that too much focus on winning and being highly competitive at a young age is not healthy. In sports for younger aged kids, you often find teams not keeping score or declaring a winner. Yet if you ask any of the kids who
played in the game that day, each will tell you exactly the score and who won or lost. Talk about spirit.
What I have found with my own two kids is a strong balance of competitive spirit and support. My daughter is competitive artistically as well with figure skating and gymnastics. My son on the other than is highly driven to be good in hockey,
soccer and most sports he plays. Guiding them through the ebbs and flows of winning, losing and becoming better competitors has been interesting.
What I love the most about their competitive spirit, is when they find a time to say to one another, “Nice job, you did great”.
In my belief, being competitive is deeper than winning. It’s a mental and spiritual way to push one’s self, the driving force behind how we approach each day and the reason we maintain health, wellness and family balance. It‘s a must!