Stay In The Game

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne” Rev 3:21

victoriousYou don’t have to be a chess player to appreciate what happened in Philadelphia on February 17, 1996. Man defeated computer in an internationally observed classical chess match. Garry Kasparov, world chess champ, didn’t win quite as easily as he had hoped. He lost the first of the six games to Deep Blue, the IBM super computer. It was just what he needed, however, because it forced him to pay even closer attention, devise more intricate strategies, and learn more about a sport in which he is an acknowledged expert. 

Kasparov notched 3 wins of his own and two draws in the remaining five games of the week long match. It took every bit of chess knowledge he possessed – and some he developed along the way – to defeat a computer that is capable of calculating fifty billion positions in just three minutes. 

When you have to face a “challenger” who seems to outweigh you, what can you do? 

1. Have confidence in your own abilities, but don’t get cocky.
2. If possible, prepare beforehand. That means study and practice.
3. Do a test run, with simulated “game” conditions. (ie, read your speech in front of family members)
4. During your warmups, take short breaks. Use them to evaluate how you’re doing or just to give your mind a rest.
5. Pray!

On “game day,” relax. Let all the information you’ve stored in your brain rise to the top. Expect the unexpected and be ready to improvise and make mid course adjustments as needed. And save a little for the next game! 

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