Conflict & Competition
Conflict and competition can be either good or bad. It’s about your perspective. You’ve probably heard, if you can’t take the heat then get out of the kitchen. Everyone loves being in the kitchen. It smells good. The stuff that comes out of there tastes good but sometimes it gets hot. Honestly, if you want good food, you’re probably going to have to have some heat.
How do you get two pieces of metal to bond together? Heat is the only thing that can really weld two pieces of metal together. You might try to use some glue or something but I don’t think that’s going to work very well. But weld two pieces of metal together and then try to separate them.
Many of us avoid conflict. Many of us shy away from competition. How can we help our players learn how to be better people if we’re not willing to address conflict and encourage competition? Right now the biggest competition in many lives is how many followers or likes they can get on social media. There’s a time and place for that too. But today, everyone gets a trophy. More than that everyone gets to play. It used to be that you had to be good to play.
Conflict or competition can be good and bad just like anything else. However, conflict and competition are necessary to success in the kitchen, on the court, and in life. They are part of the process. They’re a part of how we expose greatness in ourselves and others. If we don’t require conflict and competition, hold ourselves and others accountable for it, and then learn how to handle it, we will be mediocre at best.