Athlete, You Are Not Your Performance

Athlete, You Are Not Your Performance

Do you know what a performance addict is?

Performance addicts are people who see their worth in their most recent accomplishment and are constantly looking for the next hurdle to leap over. They are people who are spending hours mulling over ways they can maximize their routine, working harder and longer, and reaching unreasonable standards in the hopes of external approval.

For a person who likes to over-achieve and gets stuck in the endless cycle of self-improvement and climbing the ladder of success, I can imagine this time of uncertainty can be unsettling and give rise to some fears.

I want to ask you, what happened inside of you when the world hit pause and stopped your ability to produce another win or climb another rung on the ladder?

What happens when your worth is based on the results of your ability to compete and the competition gets taken away? What happens when you’re so used to sprinting at full speed, losing sleep, and going the extra mile that you have decided it’s considered laziness to take time for yourself?

One scenario that could happen is you instantly look for different innovative ways to get ahead of the game and still seek out measurable success during this time. The clock doesn’t stop just because things have shut down and we are now in a waiting game.

You could take advantage of the fact that your competitors have slowed down and this may tempt you to speed up. You may not really know where to begin or how to keep going because of all the obstacles in the way, but one thing is for sure … you don’t want to stop.

If you can relate and want to know how you could truly maximize this time, I suggest tapping into something so valuable that it will increase your success long term and make you far more resilient.

Have you ever heard of the term progressive collapse? This happens when a primary part of a structure fails and then results in the whole thing crashing down because of the one initial failure. It reveals that the structure did not have a strong foundation.

If we’re not careful to examine what infrastructure we’re building on and look at what’s underneath the framework of our lives, we could also collapse when difficulty comes our way. Our foundation needs to be rooted in something strong enough to withstand the floods and streams breaking against it.

You need to know your identity and worth are not based on your wins, but are based on who you belong to.

Luke 6:47-49 (ESV) says: “Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

If you believe the lie that you must compete and live by your own power and strength at all times, or the lie that you must gain your acceptance by proving that you deserve it since your value is always earned and never given to you … Then I challenge you to use this unprecedented time to work at replacing those lies with these truths that are built on concrete ground, never shaken and never defeated:

  • In Christ, I have the power of God within me, and can turn to Him for courage, peace, patience, confidence, self-control and other strengths in any situation, whether in competition or in life (Colossians 1:29).

  • In Christ, I am accepted by God as a result of His grace toward me -- never a result of works -- so I do not need to work harder or prove my worth to anyone else (Ephesians 2:8,9).

  • In Christ, I am secure because God is in control of the circumstances of my life even when things feel out of control, even when I’m not getting the results I had hoped for in my sport (Isaiah 40:28-31, 1 Peter 2:18-23).

If you want to explore this more in your life and work this out with a few others, we have resources to help you on your “inside game.” You can sign up now to invest your time with us and see long term results:

  • U30 Coaches Leadership Experience (Men & Women's Basketball, Track & Field, and Baseball)- Reserve your spot for July 29th-31st at
  • Captains Academies, Bible Studies, and Team Retreats coming up in August

Please email Jenna Bolin at for more information.

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