So, I’m trying to follow this year’s World Cup and so far, I’m loving the turn of events, the twists and turns, the heartbreaks, the game-changers, etc. Being a student of life, I aspire to learn from every experience I have, so, here are some of the lessons I’m reminded of by the World Cup, that I thought I could share:

Image 1. Life’s a fight for territory, if you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over- Consider Cameroon, or the Mighty Spain, I think they didn’t fight hard enough to keep their places in the race. Anything you want in life is possible; good health, fit body, good job, wealth, good relationships, etc, but it does not just happen, you’ve got to work for it, and the moment you stop working to keep good health, to keep good relationships, poor health, poor relationships will automatically take over. It starts with knowing what you want and then doing something about it.

Image2. Preparation: Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’. I want to believe that America knew what they were up against and so prepared themselves to do their best, on the other hand, Ghana may have thought, oh well, it’s USA, they are not big at football (or should I say, soccer), but lo and behold, they were in for a surprise at the start of the World Cup. Preparation is always important. Start by knowing what it is you want to do with your life, either today, or this week, this year, or the next five years and start preparing ahead of time. Never underestimate the power of planning and preparation, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you are prepared. Think about interviews or exams, what happens when you don’t prepare for them? And think of that one time you were prepared for an exam or interview, and how you faired? And even if you don’t make it, you don’t feel too terrible because you know you gave it your best and it just wasn’t for you at that time. Become an active force in your life so that you can accomplish your purpose, your goals and dreams

3. Never look down on others– look at what the underdogs are accomplishing so far; Chile (14th in Fifa ranking), or, Croatia (18th)… taking everyone by surprise, taking down reigning champions, and rising. Never look down on anyone, be it yourself or any other person. We each are valuable in one way or the other. We each matter, we each were created for a purpose, and we each are created in the image of God, so we have God’s life flowing in each one of us. If our source is the same, why then do we look down upon each other, considering others bad, or evil or wrong or undeserving than us, and funny enough, ‘they’ are thinking the exact same thing about us. The ‘us and them’ mentality makes us look down on others and yet we all originate from the same source. Let’s treat each other with dignity and love, even if our choices, values, beliefs, behaviors are different. Our source is the same

Image4. ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result’- Albert Eistein. What is it with European teams that have won the World Cup before? None of them seem to make it in the next competition. Four years ago, Spain lifted the cup, this year, they’ve not made it beyond group stage. In 1998 France lifted the cup, but came 2002, they didn’t even score a single goal. Then came Italy’s who won the World cup in 2006, but in 2010, they didn’t even go through the first round…What is it about European teams? I wonder. My take though, if you want a different or better result, do things differently. I’m assuming these teams, four years after lifting the cup, came with the same spirit, same tactics, same attitude, forgetting that it needed them to step up to defend the championship. If you want your life to grow, you’ve got to start doing more, you’ve got to stretch yourself beyond your present state. If you want to be fit and health, you can’t keep eating the same way you’ve been eating, or lead the same life style you’ve been living, because that’s the same one that brought you where you are now; unhealthy and unfit. If you want to excel in your job and move up the ladder, you’ve got to step up your game too; do more, get smarter, know your stuff more, improve on your skills, in that way, you will begin to reap different results than you were before. Be smart, the only person that can change your situation for better, or worse, is you, and nobody else.

Image5. Never take life too seriously: Ronaldo, dude, it’s just a game, one wins, one loses, that’s just how it is, don’t take it too seriously. Anyhow, isn’t it great to see how football can bring different people together, laugh at each other and have something to talk about. But, I have learnt, that in life, good and bad stuff happens, and what you focus on is what you will attract in your life. If you focus on the bad, you’ll keep attracting bad in your life, if you focus on the good, you will keep attracting good in your life. I think humor is God’s gift to mankind to cope with bad and unpleasant situations, a way of keeping humanity sane. When the unfortunate happens, we feel sad, and that’s ok, but sooner or later, life has to move on, and if you keep commiserating on the unfortunate, you will get stuck with the unfortunate. So, Spain is out of the World Cup, unfortunately, but hey, life’s gotta move on, get over it, joke about it, and don’t let it kill you. Life’s too short to live it miserably. So here’s a link to one of my favorite people with such a great sense of humor, he looks at facts but in such a humorous way. Hope he makes your day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJEt2KU33I

Hope you all keep enjoying the World Cup to the end, and remember, it can be a good opportunity to learn more about yourself; your feelings, your inner conversations, your reactions, your interests, fears, etc.