So why does Jon Jones compete so well? I think a lot of it as to do with the fact that he loves to compete. He doesn’t care much about the pre-fight hype. He doesn’t seem nervous before he steps in the cage. It’s more like he is excited and ready to have fun!
I think if we as competitors learn to enjoy competition more, rather than letting our nerves get the best of us, we will compete to our full potential, and maybe, beyond.
The Parable of Talents (Mark 25:15-30)
14 “For it is just like a man going on a journey. He called his servants and turned over his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents;[a] to another, two; and to another, one—to each according to his own ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately 16 the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. 17 In the same way the man with two earned two more. 18 But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. Look, I’ve earned five more talents.’
21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!’
22 “Then the man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. Look, I’ve earned two more talents.’
23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!’
24 “Then the man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a difficult man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours.’
26 “But his master replied to him, ‘You evil, lazy servant! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, 27 then you should have deposited my money with the bankers. And when I returned I would have received my money back with interest.
28 “‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has 10 talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30 And throw this good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless servant into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
It is important to pin point our God-given talents and make sure we are investing in them well. When I look at my own talents, I feel God has blessed me with athletic ability, intelligence, and leadership skills.
I need to make sure I am getting the most out of what God has given me athletically. That means I need to study the mental game and compete to my full potential. I can take notes from Jon Jones and learn to enjoy competition and remember to always have FUN!
I can use my mind at work. By being successful in business I can use my God given talents to generate contributions to Kingdom building causes. I can use my leadership skills at Beebe Trained to help lead these kids to become better athletes and better men!