What Does Winning Look Like?

June 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

AP Photo/The Daily Call, Mike Ullery

Last Saturday was a big day for high school athlete Meghan Vogel.  The high school junior won the 1600 meter Division III Ohio state championship.

But that wasn’t the highlight of her day.

Later, Meghan was competing in the 3200 meter race when the runner in front of her, Arden McMath, stumbled, fell and had difficulty getting up due to exhaustion.  So what did Meghan do?  Watch this …

The national response to her simple gesture of sportsmanship has taken Meghan Vogel by surprise. “It’s been crazy. I can’t understand why everyone wants to talk to me, but I guess I’m getting used to it now,” she said. “It’s strange to have people telling me that this was such a powerful act of kindness… It’s weird…. I don’t consider myself a hero. I just did what I knew was right and what I was supposed to do. Helping her across the finish line was a lot more satisfying than winning the state championship.”

What does winning look like to you?  How do you measure success?  What are your success metrics?  All of us, at some level, are driven by the need to succeed.  However, and this is important, not everyone measures success by the same benchmark.

Your need to succeed doesn’t need to be squelched because God gave you that drive to learn, conquer and excel.  However, your success metrics may need to be refined and clarified.  What does winning look like to you?  Play to win, desire success, seek success, but make sure you measure success wisely.  Just say no to inadequate measurements of winning. 

This is certainly not an exhaustive summary, but I submit to you that winning in life is measured more by your character than by your career, by who you are rather than what you do.  I submit that winning is measured more by how you treat others rather than how others treat you.  And I submit that winning is measured more by doing your best with your opportunities rather than by being the best. 

What does winning look like to you?


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