7 SIGNS YOU MIGHT NOT BE WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE

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Last week I defined some key aspects of purpose. Now that we have a better idea of what it is and isn’t, it’s time for a gut check. It’s time to ask yourself if you’re actually moving in line with yours. Are you on the right path or do you need to switch lanes and gears? That can be a tough, uncomfortable question with an unknown answer. But have no fear, GladiatHers.com is here to walk you through that maze that answers that very question. Here are seven signs that you might not be walking in your purpose.

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Three Things About Purpose

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Each of us has a purpose for being on this earth. If you discover that purpose, you unlock your ability to truly transform this world and live a complete life. You are uniquely designed to fulfill that purpose and all of your experiences (good and bad) exist to drive you closer to fulfilling that purpose, if you let them. Those are big ifs. There’s no guarantee that you will ever discover or walk in your purpose. In fact, many people never do. Sure, many will have jobs that pay their bills and allow them to have fun with their family and friends. But that doesn’t mean they are fulfilling their purpose. GladiatHers.com is here to help you find and walk in your purpose; to fulfill the calling you were placed here for.

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What John McEnroe & Others are Getting so Very Wrong

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If you haven’t heard by now, on Sunday while lauding Serena Williams as the best female tennis player of all time, legendary American player John McEnroe also said that if she had played on men’s circuit she’d probably only be “like 700 in the world.” This of course prompted an outcry from many who took issue with McEnroe creating rankings out of thin air and many who believe Williams’ talents would place her higher than 700. For her part, Williams remained a regal as ever and politely asked McEnroe to keep her name out of his mouth. Despite the clamor, we didn’t get an apology from McEnroe. Instead, he doubled down on his comments and suggested that rather than speculating about how men and women tennis players match up; players should start engaging in more battles of the sexes.

You might recall that in 1973 Bobby Riggs opined that the women’s tennis game was far inferior to the men’s game and that he, at the time a 55-year-old retiree, was still too much for the top women players of the time. These comments led to the famed Battle of the Sexes which pitted Riggs against Margaret Court, Riggs against Billie Jean King and, later in 1992, Jimmy Connors against Martina Navratilova. The matches were entertaining and proved that women produced quality sportsmanship. But the thing is, they never should have happened.

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Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs

Throughout sports history, women have always been compared to men. The comparisons initially and often had their source in men like Riggs who aimed to degrade the efforts of women. Their style of warfare against women was to compare the speed, size and strength of men and women. Because women would undoubtedly average slower times, display smaller frames and exude less strength; women’s sports would always be inferior to men’s (or so their rationale went). Those arguments continue today. Men use the same excuse not to watch women play basketball because the game they produce isn’t as fast as the men’s and doesn’t involve high-flying dunks and other theatrics. Women’s hockey and baseball (for instance) don’t receive support because they’re supposedly men’s games that women just can’t play as well.

Over time, in an effort to defend ourselves and earn equal pay, women have adopted the comparison model too. We fight long and hard to prove the sports product we produce is just as good as the men’s. In fact, the fight for equal pay in tennis, soccer and hockey are prime examples of women arguing that we should be paid equally to men because we we’re just as good. We win just as much (if not more), we bring in just as much (if not more) revenue and we work just as has hard (if not harder) as the men. In women’s basketball we’re constantly trying to prove that the WNBA provides quality basketball just like the men’s game and trying to convince the world not to be turned off by UConn’s dominance.

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But here’s the thing, there is no comparison. Men and women are different. We are different anatomically, physiologically and socially. We’re different for good reasons like procreation, diversity and good old fashioned excitement. These differences lead us to produce and express ourselves differently. Our differences mean that women are going to play sports and be athletic in ways that are different than men. Men will be able to do things women can’t do and women will be able to do things that men can’t do. And you know what, that is ok. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being different. Different doesn’t mean inferior or superior. It just means different.

Rather than appreciating and celebrating that men and women are not the same kind of athletes, men and women place too much energy into comparing apples to oranges. Men and women in sports have shown us greatness in their own rights. Serena Williams is great regardless of how many points she can win off Novak Djokovic. Britney Griner is a master at her craft even if she never dunks against on Russell Westbrook. And there’s nothing anyone can do to take away the legacy that is the US Women’s soccer team. Women play sports with our own form of power, grace, elegance, strength and strategy. How about we celebrate that instead of comparing us to something we’ll never be, men.

Oh, and in case you forgot…Serena is Queen. 😉

GLADIATHER® PLAYBOOK: KEYS TO SUCCESS

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Over the last few years GladiatHers.com has had the privilege to chat with some amazing women in sports. Each time they share their stories with us we are inspired to reach new heights and test our own limits. The GladiatHers® featured on our site are shining examples of success; sharing their testaments of perseverance, resilience and excellence.  Since you, our readers, always respond so favorably to their stories, we thought it would be a good idea to compile some of the lessons we learned from their stories in hopes that they might help you expand your horizons and overcome some obstacles you might be facing. So we created the GladiatHer® Playbook: Keys to Success. It's filled with the top ten principles that our  GladiatHers® use in their lives to be the winners we know them to be. Click here to get your copy now!

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So we had a Mixer…

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On Friday some pretty amazing people in Atlanta got together over food, drinks and a giveaway to better acquaint themselves with one another. The attendees of the first-ever GladiatHers® Women in Sports Mixer represented NCAA Division I institutions, professional sports teams, sports media, sports marketing firms and more. They connected with one another, encouraged one another and were inspired to go to great things in sports. The event was, in a word, empowering.

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It’s NCAA Women’s College World Series Time!

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If you haven’t been watching the action from the NCAA Women’s College World Series you’re missing out. Here’s some of what you’re missing…

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UCLA’s Kylee Perez gets LSU’s Aliyah Andrews out. Unfortunately, the Tigers would ultimately send my Bruins home packing with a 2-1 win. via Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Florida Gators celebrate their first round routing of Texas A&M. The Gators won 8-0. via Rob Ferguson, USA Today Sports

 

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Washington’s Sis Bates watches her hit sail off into the sky in the team’s 3-1 victory against Oregon. via Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman.

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Oklahoma’s Paige Parker fires one across home plate. OU beat Baylor 6-3 on June 1. via Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Tune into ESPN for live action tonight until June 7th.

WOMEN IN SPORTS MIXER: ATLANTA

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If you’re in the Atlanta area in June, and you’re a woman who works in sports, join us for our Women in Sports Mixer!! It’s a great opportunity to connect with other dynamic, driven women in the industry! We’ll have a special guest speaker and an amazing giveaway. RSVP by clicking here or emailing us at Gladiathers@gmail.com.