Monday – Squash. We play to win. We mock the loser. Competitive.
Tuesday – Run with Damo. Training partners. Pushing each other on. Collaborative.
Friday – Football. My team against another team. Small group. Collaborative and competitive.
Saturday – Parkrun. A big public event. Couple hundred there. Trying to beat your own time, but mainly friendly collaboration.
Sunday – Long run. Solo. Marathon training. A big goal to shoot for. Self discipline.
Each of these motivation dynamics has positives and negatives. I’d end up in quite a unhealthy place if I played competitive squash everyday… probably wouldn’t have many friends left either. But once a week raises my level consistently. Just pitching up once a week at a public event isn’t really going to push me forward much, but I couldn’t do solo everyday. A big goal is great, but what happens after you’ve completed it?
The progress is in the mixed diet.
Disciple, fight the good fight – put yourself in a position where you can win or lose occasionally. Utilize the power of a training partner. Be part of a team. Show up for the big public event. Have your own private pursuit. Set a big, hairy, audacious goal. Make sure you have some days off. The progress is in the balance.
“train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8