The Winners Way
Olympians Discover Secrets to Achieving in Life
by Edie Raether, CSP
Winning in life requires the same mindset or what I refer to as MindShift as getting the gold at the Olympics. Whether you play to win (offensively) or you play not to lose (defensively)- the choice is yours. If you don't think big, your goals may be self-limiting and thus may be sabotaging your potential success. Cooperation is essential but often times your compromise may be complacency in disguise or what I refer to as comfortable misery.
If Alexander the Great had referred to himself as Alexander the Average, his biography would probably be marketed as a sleep aid. Winning begins with how you see yourself and a powerful name does expand your vision of greatness. We tend to see things not as they are but as we are.
Winners think big, aim high, and see life as a feast of opportunities and endless possibilities. If you resent the rich and famous, I can promise that you will never be one of them. The differences between winners with wealth and those who are struggling is simply that those with wealth move ahead in spite of their fears and refuse to allow doubt and uncertainty stop them. It is only when we stretch beyond our comfort zone and go beyond what is convenient that we experience the joy of growing. If you're working too hard for too little, you probably need to change your financial blueprint.
While lottery winners lose their money almost as fast as they make it, people who have earned billions of dollars seem to get it back as quickly as they lose it. As Donald Trump confirmed, "To be a winner you must think like a winner and never quit." It is when your actions bridge the inner world of intentions with your outer world that you enjoy the results you desire. Your motivation and behavior is sustained by your hope of the outcome.
One of the worst things you can do is believe you cannot do something and yet continue to persist. Either change your belief system or stop doing it, unless you find pleasure in proving yourself right about your wrongs. Don't be fooled by your own denial for a realist is actually a pessimist who refuses to admit it. Informed optimism is the only creative, productive state of mind that will move you forward and gives you life advances and your personal Olympic gold.
Seven Steps to Stop Whining and Start Winning
Winners make choices rather than sacrifices, for what they give up in honor of their passion is a cherished tradeoff. When you are in sync with your instincts and have discovered your core genius or soul's code, you truly become unstoppable. A singer must sing, a writer must write, and a dancer must dance. Everyone must sing his or her song.
Like the Olympics, life does not always deal us the hand that we deserve. Many heroic champions such as Gilda Radner never fought for the gold but begged for the privilege of living and continuing her life's purpose¿to make people laugh. William James confirmed Gilda's zest for making a difference in stating, "The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it." For Gilda and many others, winning can eventually become merely surviving.
Never sell yourself short, only act with integrity, and never, never, never quit. In my book, Winning How Winners Think¿What Champions Do, I had interviewed over a hundred winners from all walks of life who echoed the same refrain: "Just give it your best shot." Winning is simply your own definition of triumph. It is the celebration of life as expressed by Lakota Su: "Remember my children when you were born, you cried an the world rejoiced; but live your life so when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
Edie Raether is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and success coach with expertise in breakthrough thinking, innovative intelligence and influence.
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