You see it all the time, people who go through life as spectators, never getting off the sidelines to participate in the game of life. They are content to watch the progress of others, contributing little more than their own commentary when they need to take action.
It is difficult to understand for some, leaving them scratching their heads at the inaction of others. But I understand it completely. You will get out what you put in, and when you have little skin in the game, well, what can I say?
Many have fallen into the spectator role unintentionally, but one of the consequences of remaining there is that this becomes a habit, a way of life. We are all creatures of habit and when we get comfortable doing something, we tend to stay put.
Are you a spectator?
Now I’m not here to beat up anyone, particularly if you’re reading this and it brings a little discomfort. I hope to point out the fact that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Look, we’ve all had our moments. Those times when we wish we had done better or taken another route. But you’re still alive, so grab some real life before the game is over.
Get off the sidelines!
Just look at the impact of inaction. Nothing really happens, other than the calendar flipping with each passing day. Today will be much like yesterday and tomorrow, well, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. Yeah, I know it sounds hokey and corny and all of that, but is it not true?
We watch sports because we enjoy seeing others perform and reach or score a goal. That’s big time fun and we enjoy it. We often wish we could get out there and participate as well and many of us do.
But life is a little different. Sure we like to see others succeed and enjoy success, but it’s not as much fun when you are making little if any progress yourself.
So what is the number one reason you are not scoring in life?
Hint: You’re not in the game!
You can never score if you’re not in the game; you have to get off the sidelines. Grab the ball and run with it, and don’t worry about fumbling because you surely will, but just pick it up and run some more.
To truly find success in life you have to do more than talk a good game, you have to play a good game as well.
Be Brave and Adventurous, Like a Child
Remember when we were mere tikes?
We were brave and adventurous, taking chances at every opportunity. We saw others riding a bike and we wanted to ride too. So we’d get on one and give it a go.
Yes, we often came home with scraped up knees, elbows and maybe even a missing tooth. But hey, we took a chance and learned from the experience, making ourselves better. You can probably still ride today, no?
But something happened on the way to becoming an adult. Some of us lost a measure of that courage. You see, many people want no part of taking a chance with something that could cause failure. They would rather stay safe on a job that underpays and underwhelms, for 30 years and with little real security. But that’s a topic for another day.
You may need to reach down within and grab some of the childhood courage and apply it to today’s situation. Don’t be afraid to fail, that’s part of the game.
If you participated in sports during your school years you can surely remember how fear nearly paralyzed you the first time or two you entered the game. It was one of those OMG moments where you were so focused on not failing that you probably did. But then things settled down and you went on to contribute like you knew you were capable of doing. In the end it was better to have played and lost than to have not played at all, leaving you to wonder what if.
It’s game time
No matter how old or young you are or what your status in life may be, it’s game time. Suit up and get ready to compete for your position in life and get off of the sidelines. You’ve been a loyal spectator but now it’s time to let someone else have that seat, and there are plenty of takers.
Yeah I know, there is always a little what if that crosses our minds when we get ready to leave that comfort zone, but focus on the positive what if scenario. What if you actually succeed and reach your goals? Would that be a life changer for you?
Life is not a spectator sport, get out there and “take it to em”.
I’ll close by simply repeating one true statement; you can’t score if you’re not in the game.