We’re surrounded by it every waking moment. Football, golf, basketball and hockey are in season, and the Winter Olympics are just around the corner.
Working together we accomplish far more than we ever can working in isolation or against all others.
We have no shortage of sports competitions to watch. The calendar is just weeks away from flipping over to 2014, and that means many companies are ending their fiscal years. We have no shortage of competition to reach year-end goals and quotas. Retailers are competing for our holiday shopping dollars. We have no shortage of options of where to spend our money.
In the right context, such as when it is between teams or organizations that desire opposite and mutually exclusive outcomes, competition is good. In the wrong context, such as when all participants should be reaching for the same goals, like within a work group or company, within a family, or between two people in a relationship, competition will prevent them from achieving as much as they can when they cooperate and collaborate.
A school teacher recently lamented to me the use of cell phones, iPads and other electronic gadgets by her students in class, despite the fact these are not permitted. She’s
We trust that we will accept and handle the consequences of our decisions, and we can teach our children to do the same.
tired of being the classroom cop. She’s also tired of trying to teach children who are sleep-deprived in part because of the time they spend with their electronic gadgets.
I suggested to her that she stop playing that role and instead take time to talk with her students about responsibility and show them that she trusts them to make the right choices for themselves.
Most of us struggle with finding the right balance in our lives between the demands of our work, the needs of our families, and our own needs.
When we feed our own souls by caring for ourselves, we’re in better shape to care for others and feed their souls.
If we’re not careful, we find ourselves giving to others to the point we have nothing left for ourselves.
Caring for others feeds their souls much the same way food nourishes the body. Just as cooking for others does not put food in our own bellies, we do not nourish ourselves simply by taking care of everyone else.