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Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win - How Can I Win?

July 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 235

We have all heard the many adages about how winning or being a winner is dependent on persistence and perseverance. However, most of us treat that adage as empty rhetoric, and simply avoid situations which appear to be most challenging and/or problematic. In sports, how many times have you observed the trailing athlete hand his head down, or change his walk, or do what many people have come to refer to as the loser's limp. The great champions, on the other hand, never give up, and maintain their positive attitude, following their game plan, and proceeding forward despite any adversities.

1. Golf fans recently observed one of the most astounding reversals of fortune in golfing history, at the Open Championship in England. Adam Scott began the final day (eighteen holes to go) with a four stroke advantage, and with only four holes to play, still maintained a four stroke edge, only to lose the tournament by one stroke. Some may refer to this as misfortune or bad luck, but Mr. Scott hit more low caliber shots in that final few holes that he had not hit in the first sixty eight holes combined. He missed short putts that he had consistently made. Watching his body language, his pace changed, his facial expression was altered, and it just seemed like the pressure of perhaps winning his first Major golf tournament turned him from being a winner. He appeared to give up on his game plan, and did not look like the winner he appeared to be. The eventual winner, Ernie Els, trailed by six strokes at the beginning of the day and by four with four holes to go. He then altered his strategy, got more aggressive, and was the only one to survive the combination of a difficult course, challenging weather conditions and the pressure. He appeared not to think about the prize, and handled the course by simply focusing on doing his personal best. And, indeed, it was enough to become the champion.

2. All of us face challenging, difficult and to some, what appears to be impossible situations, at one time or another. At that moment, our character and whether we are a winner or a loser becomes defined. Do we run away from the adversity, or shrivel inward? Do we stop believing in ourselves, and simply focus on making excuses? Or, are we a winner who focuses on how to get things done, never being willing to let adversities define us. Winners always focus on how to accomplish one's goals, and maintain our can- do attitude.

Winners are always a part of the solution, while losers are generally a part of the problem. Using the golf analogy, leaders focus on the green and the hole, while losers think more about the sand traps surrounding the green. Winners believe they can, and will, while losers lose their self- belief. Winners maintain true self- confidence, while losers begin to blame either circumstances or others. Are you a winner? If you are, or wish to be, never say or think problem, never believe you can't, and focus on how to always be the best you, you can be!

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website http://plan2lead.net and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook http://facebook.com/Plan2lead

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