Game of Life
Each week the wonderful Pete Court brings us his own unique perspective on life.
When to stop
Everybody loves to be a winner. But often we lose. My team is good but we’re not unbeatable. No team is. In fact, I have been in teams where the opposite is the case. We just can’t win. But I never stopped playing. Why? Because I love it. I love the game, I love BEING a sportsman. Even if I’m one that can’t seem to win. And you know what happens right? Soon enough, I’m winning. I’m in the team that wins.
Now let me state the obvious. As I tell everyone I coach. We play for fun, and winning is more fun than losing. Which is also why I am a child of Christ. Because even thought at times I may look, and even feel like I’m losing, I know I am, ultimately, on the winning team. So in the meantime, what do I do?
During every game, whether I am playing or coaching, I find a moment or two to just stop, look around, and remind myself, “I love this game, I love being here, I am so blessed to be able to do this.”
And then it’s back into the fight. Playing relentlessly, passionately, fearlessly. Bur also totally joyfully.
And it’s exactly the same with my spiritual life. The first thing I do as I wake and frequently during the day, I stop and look up and remind myself, “I love this life, I love this God and he’s here with me, even if this day is an absolute mess. I love being here. Joyfully.”
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it matters how much joy you recognise in your game. And in your life. Once you see that, you are never a loser. Even if you don’t win.
Which training are you? – There are two types of players who come to training.
Always the Game – On game days, it seems like everything plays into the way I play.
Don’t be a best – The thing about being a coach is, I want every one of my players to be the best.
Bruised but not Broken – On the Weekend, one of the players I coach got smashed in the face.
I’m like a good player! – You know that feeling you get before a game? Butterflies?
How to never be a loser – A season is a long time, so I think it’s time to revisit a very important lesson from the game of life.
Coaching after hours. – Most players don’t really know what their coaches get up to
Train in Rain. -Last time, we talked about the idea that training; even when it doesn’t matter, it matters.
Because It Doesn’t Matter – So it’s cold. It’s raining. It’s windy. And it’s training night.
Thinking and not Thinking – I coach a lot of very smart people.
Uncruel to be Kind – I once had a coach who wanted to create a tough team.
Are You a Leader? – On field leaders aren’t always immediately obvious.
Coaching Greatness – When Michael Phelps was a little kid and his mum took him
Take a Rest – It’s like the song says “To everything, there is a season,
Trashing is for Losers – We’ve been talking about how confidence is so important to life and to sport.
What Really Counts – It doesn’t take long, watching and coaching, even playing sport
Watch What You’re Doing – As a coach, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching your players…
Trying Too Hard – It’s preseason for winter sports and as a coach I’m working with players…
Who Do You Hit? – I have had the great joy of coaching kids.
Get Aggro – Last time, we looked at playing with a mongrel attitude;
Be a Mongrel – Winning teams always have a bit of the mongrel about them. Some call it heart. Or guts.
Do you turn up? – There’s nothing worse than organising a team and then finding on the day, that half the team has decided
Take a look at yourself! – Coaching new hockey players has taught me to look at myself.
Dropping the ball – How can a professional footballer drop a chest mark?
Risk it all – Holidays are a time to reconsider. To think about the future, the plans, the way things are happening.
Be in the game – How rare is it to win a Grand Final!?
About the Umpire… – Like it or not, no game can be played without an Umpire,
Get Your Head in the Training. – Last time we noticed that in sport you train for hours to play one discreet game but in life
The Life in Training. – There are many lessons in faith to learn from the lessons of sport,
Having a swing at Sir Don – It’s cricket season so let me share an obvious faith fact.
Are you fit enough for the game? – Fitness is often misunderstood. I often face players who will come to the sideline
It Ain’t Punishment – Have you ever watched a coach on TV ripping into a player on the sideline?
Beaten By The Losers – We’ve all seen it. Probably even done it. The top team goes out and gets rolled by the bottom team.
Playing Hurt – The problem with Sport is, it can hurt. I had an uncle who played rugby in England…
The Team Doesn’t Matter – So just because the Grand Final doesn’t feature ‘My’ team, will it be worth watching?…
The Better Players – There’s something about sport that just rocks…
The Truth of Cliche-topia – Hard ball gets. The one percenters. Putting the body on the line. It’s Cliché-topia when the commentators get going…
Call It What It Is – “Feel the burn, run through the wall, it’s a good hurt”…
Playing to Win – Don’t play to win the game…
The Same Team – I just saw a bunch of weekend warriors go past. Sometimes they are on bikes, wearing disturbing Lycra…
Athletes who Cross – When a sportsperson does their thing well, it’s interesting to see who gets the credit…