If Life Is A Game - Learn How To Play It
How many times have you heard in the business world “you just got to play the game”? This does get pretty old after a while having life referred to as a game. But then there is then is the other alternative of those people who completely take life too seriously. To find the appropriate balance in life you have to shoot somewhere in the middle. Committing to a life of self-development and personal growth is all about finding balance in life which will help you learn how to “play the game”.
Those who were extremely involved in sports growing up will be the first to tell you that as fun as sports like football, baseball, and basketball are they are by far more than just a game. The act of playing in a sport is about collaboration with other people to accomplish a goal. It is also about learning to compete which is the basis for having a free market system.
This doesn’t mean you have to step on toes to get ahead. It also does not mean to play games with those you are in a relationship with because you are too afraid to commit. That’s not “playing the game”, that is just emotional immaturity, plain and simple. Those who act in this manner have not made any sort of commitment to personal growth and are usually living their life by their unbridled emotions which they are probably self-medicating through the use of drugs and alcohol.
In the years following your secondary education, or high school years, you use the basics that you learned in school in the classroom and on the field to learn how to play the game in life. You either find a job you like or can live with and move up or learn how to work with your hands and market whatever skill you have to the public.
It is very competitive, so it is hard to make money. You have to learn how to share too. For those that learn how to work together, or collaborate which is the new word of the 21st century, the game is easy. For those that believe in the motto “survival of the fittest” and “every man for himself” they will do whatever it takes to get ahead at whatever cost. The result of the latter is they will have a very hard life, and very lonely as well.
As financial guru Dave Ramsey says, “Everyone works in sales”. As much as I hate to think of everything as a business it pretty much is. That doesn’t have a bad thing, but sometimes life should be more of a nonprofit as opposed to for profit where everyone is out for their own bottom line. Although it is safe to say those that succeed in sales can succeed anywhere, even without a college education if they have the appropriate interpersonal skills.
Levels of Consciousness
Those who are mature enough will know how to sell themselves and have the compassion and empathy to reach down and help out their fellow man rather than look down on them. This is a sign of someone who has been raised up to a higher consciousness that overflows from a lifelong commitment to personal growth and self-development; as well as someone who has a general understanding of the field of Psychology. You don’t have to go to school to study Psychology; the field of business, for profit and nonprofit, is all about learning various aspects of human behavior.
The bad news is that since money rules the world it does control everyone to a certain extent. The good news once you learn how to master it by learning how to make it work for you then you already have a huge advantage on the rest of society. It is the same with learning how to control your mind. Much of life’s battles begin in the mind. Once you bring the mind and money into subjection you have an edge on life that most people do not. Unless there is a sudden burst of consciousness and then it could get a little more challenging. But even that has some good things that can come out of it.
Your level of consciousness is your personal growth indicator. As you move through the process of self-development your consciousness elevates itself to a higher level. Part of you will feel disconnected from the masses of those you leave behind, with many of these being those you have known for years. The other part will experience the law of attraction and begin to attract new things into your life; i.e., people, career and job connections, love, etc.
If life is a game then all you have to do is learn how to play it. It is not necessarily about winning as much as it is about the journey that counts. The most important thing in life that we have is our relationships with those who make a difference in our lives. To arrive at this conclusion in a way that it actually makes sense shows the amount of progress you have made in the area of personal growth. Congratulations. Remember the journey never ends and keep moving forward as long as you are six feet above ground in your journey toward greater self-development.
- Erwin Bishop
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