That’s a phrase I grew up with as a kid. Especially as a boy who played sports – including football. You don’t hear it as much anymore nowadays. I’m not sure where it fits in today’s society.
Is that a good thing? Is it a bad thing?
I’m always teetering back and forth when it comes to the ego – and the process of letting it go – and competition. Where, it would appear the ego needs to be present in order to compete. I’m not sure.
Can we compete with ourselves in setting goals and intentions, as well as against others and still remain centered with our ego sitting on the sidelines? That’s a tough one for me.
The balance I struck in the past was to remain egoless before and after competition, but during the event I allowed the ego to run a muck. Don’t get me wrong, I was respectful and fair to my opponents but it was my intention to bury them during the game. After the final whistle blew I was as gentle as a kitten.
Maybe that’s the ticket. Feels a bit like Jekyll and Hyde to me.
What say you?