“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Like every team you have a coach too. The man who you believe has all the answers. The man you trust to teach you all you need to know to be successful. Someone who educated and trained. Someone with experience. Most of the time you have assistant coaches as well. People who will encourage you, and help you specifically with life and your own individual problems. I like to think of my Head Coaches in Life as my Father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ. My Assistant Coaches are my parents, good friends, and Leaders of the church including teachers and other organizational leaders who have helped inspire me.
"If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived."-Jeffrey R. Holland
There are things to avoid when playing the sport of "life" such as pride, cheating, dishonesty, jealousy, envy, mocking, and forgetting your true potential. I used to love Marion Jones! She was my favorite runner in the Olympics and I had dreams that I ran next to her when I was just barely beginning High School. However, I lost respect for her when I learned more of her lifestyle and her decisions. I realized she had a tough life...And I didn`t know why she resorted to cheating in her race, but I was very disappointed and let down. Often times, we must deal with the let down of people who we believe to be our heroes, or good friends. My mother always said, "You can love and be kind to everyone...but they do not have to be your best friend". Make sure the team you are a part of and the fans you love are people who will build you up, and not destroy you.
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities.
God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe."
— Jeffrey R. Holland