Are you in it to win it?

Everyone likes to win, I sure do. In fact I have such a desire to win that if I can’t win something, I don’t do it. I actually have a hard time playing games of chance because it bothers me that I can’t figure out a way to maximize the chances of winning. It drives me crazy. I probably need to see a counselor about that but I think there’s a point to winning.

Look what Paul said about it…

1 Corinthians 9:24-27New Living Translation (NLT)

24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

What does it take to win according to what Paul is saying here?

  1. Run to win
    1. Paul says that not everyone is in it to win it. Some are just in it to finish. He says the prize comes to those who run to win. What are your wins? Are they attainable? Are they quantifiable?
  2. Discipline
    1. He mentions discipline twice in this passage and training once. What that sounds like to me is that its doing to take some work. To win spiritually, you need spiritual disciplines (Bible, prayer, journaling, etc). To win physically, you need physical disciplines (healthy eating, exercise, rest, etc). To win as a leader, you need leadership disciplines (reading, problem solving, strategy, delegation, etc.) Every area of life requires disciplines to succeed in it.
  3. Purpose
    1. Why are you doing what you are doing? What are your motives? Let that fuel your desire to cross the finish line. Christ needs to be the center of our purpose or we are running the wrong race. Make sure your purpose is God-breathed and God-ordained.


Super Teams

I’m doing a teaching this Sunday to our Kidmin leadership team on 10 Characteristics of  a “Super” team. Here’s a seven other thoughts on developing a “super” team.

  • Super teams have goals and they all work towards them together.
    Just imagine if a team didn’t know where their goal was and players decided themselves which goal would be best.  I can’t imagine that team winning too many games. The goals are clearly marked for all to see. Our goals must be easy for everyone to identify.
  • Super teams have good players in key positions.
    Identify your key positions and staff your best people there.
  • Super teams draft and sign to address their weaknesses.
    If you find you don’t have the people for the key positions you had better figure out how to get people in those positions.
  • Super teams play to their strengths.
    Good running teams run the ball a lot. Teams with great passers and receivers throw it a lot. Identify what you are good at and make that your bread and butter.
  • Super teams look alike.
    Teams wear uniforms so they can have a sense of uniformity and togetherness.I am not suggested that we should all look alike but we should be just as uniform in our vision, attitudes and purpose.
  • Super teams identify and do what it takes to win.
    No team who never scored a point, won a championship. How do you keep score? How do you know if you are winning? If you don’t know the score or even how to score, your team won’t know what intensity to serve at. They won’t know what they are doing right or wrong.
  • Super teams learn from their losses.
    When a great team loses, they look at film to figure out what they did wrong or what they other guy was doing right. We need to be continually evaluating our systems and programs.