How to Be a Player, Not a Spectator in Life

Taking control of your life requires learning how to be a player rather than a spectator. As a player, you need to know when itโ€™s time to lace up your shoes and finish the race. 

Learning how to be a player: 3 ways to stop being a spectator

Obstacles or adversities are not the time to quit. Put all your focus and energy into it so you can run into the new year. Don’t sit around waiting for the new year to start; start now!

Here are 3 ways to be a player, not a spectator in life:

  1. Sow now to reap the rewards later

Everything you do now may not show up until three months later. You may be thinking right now, “Is this a good use of my time or money?” only to realize it was that one nugget that propelled you. You have to work on the inside before you can share the outside. 

Start by accounting for each day: What did you do today to further your purpose or to achieve your goals? Consider whether you’ve executed your plans and taken all the shots you’ve been offered today. If you have, then you are in a great position for growth. If you have not, then you need to take action now.

  1. Share your lessons

Your feedback will be ignored if you are not present in the arena, putting in the effort, and proving your worth every day. When you ask people who aren’t in the game, they lack the experience to share. Most people want to look perfect and not let others see them sweat. However, when you reach out and share your experiences, others will know the struggle, which makes you relatable. The struggle is never easy, but that’s why it’s called a struggle. Would you rather be disheveled or not show up for the meeting of a lifetime? When you don’t show up, you aren’t seen.ย 

  1. Dare to dream; back it up with action

We all have dreams, but we hold ourselves back and leave them there. We have limited time left to get the visions of today published. When you have clarity, take action. Run so fast that you won’t trip; if you do, dust yourself off and try again. 

Learning how to be a player: embrace discomfort

You are comfortable and will stay stagnant when you aren’t pushing yourself. When you are uncomfortable, that is when growth happens. Stay in the arena. You may need to pause, listen, and learn to curate your future and put plans together. As a spectator, you can learn and understand where you want to go by learning different points of view. Participants add value, but they are not the main attraction. The gladiator is the main attraction and will not stop until they have reached their goal. When you have clarity of mind and spirit, you can transition through all the spaces and find your time to shine. So, are you a player or a spectator?

Take into account the following reminders for taking control of life, whenever you find yourself doubting yourself:

  • “I’m where I am when I’m there.”
  • Be in the moment and make the most of it.
  • Have clarity in mind and spirit in order to grow.
  • You are the only one holding yourself back from your dreams.
  • Let people see you sweat.

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