FOCUS ON GOD, NOT ON THE RECORD BOOKS

WHERE I LIVE in the United States, besides the sports-specific magazines and newspapers that are available, we have three channels that televise news about sports 24 hours a day. It's interesting how, for most of these shows and publications, results and other statistics make up the bulk of what's reported.

It does make sense. Fans love it when their team wins, and they want to know all the details. As a result, however, most people actually participating in sports become preoccupied with wins, losses, times, percentages, and standings. They sweat over every facet of their performance and the impact it will have on the record books. And that's not always such a good thing. I know from experience that an athlete's worst enemy is tension, and that a results-driven athlete will often have plenty of it, marked by shallow breathing and even shaking, and, finally, the breakdown of skills.

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