As you could imagine, I am writing this on a Saturday morning in the Fall and College Football is awaiting. I just returned from a morning workout and for the second time in as many weeks the following thoughts came to mind, so without letting one more week pass again, here they are.

As I pushed myself on the treadmill and watched College Gameday™ I realized that I have come to grips with how competitive, if not how driven that I am, to win. I do think my competitiveness is a reflection of my obsessive-compulsive personality style, which has driven me to practice, study, push through, compete, strategize, apply and work in order to give my best, in order to succeed. As I watched Gameday, I felt the same competitive “juices” stir within me that I felt when I was on the court, in the class, on Skid Row, training for a race, in the counseling center, on the stage or when reading my Bible. I wanted to give my mental, spiritual and physical best in all of those settings.

The same inner drive moves me to be a great husband, Dad, counselor, cheerleader and competitor for others who God has brought into my presence, because whatever the issue, whatever the challenge, I believe they are in my presence because they want me to be a “teammate” with them, and as a teammate, I want to win with them. I know my record, performance and outcomes have not been perfect, but that does not deter me from reflecting about how could the next session, encounter, conversation be better than the previous one.  For me, today is Gameday, but then, I think everyday is Gameday, and God help me, I want to win.

So what does winning look like?  It looks like the Dad who I saw on the way home who was helping his 4 year old daughter ride her bike, or the parents who were supporting their children on the soccer and football fields or at the park preparing for birthday celebrations. Success looks a lot like the couple walking their dog together, hopefully talking about how to live their lives purposefully, and finally, success looks like the person who is motivated to do his or her best in their life, as their competitive and creative juices are stirred by watching Gameday, and the football, soccer or basketball games that follow. Today happens to be Gameday; I encourage you to envision how everyday could be Gameday.  In redemption of Kid Rock’s lyrics – God Bless Saturday!

Thanks for visiting and please visit the other blogs written by Dr Ken McGill: Dr Ken McGill’s blog and Daily Bread for Life for additional information that could be helpful. I welcome your comments below or via email and your favorites, your retweets and your “+1’s” if you have a brief moment and find the information helpful. Again, it is my desire to provide the very best info for your consideration.

Finally, feel free to download Cultivating Love: Growing Character for FREE in the Amazon Kindle Store October 17th – October 21st. Click here to download your free copy! Please consider leaving a review after you have had a chance to read the book. Thank you very much and enjoy Cultivating Love: Growing Character, and Gameday! – Dr Ken McGill

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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