The Winning Mind Set
One often wonders as to what is the major differentiator between a person who makes his life a successful one and the one who ends up as a failure.
All things equal- a winner has a winner’s mindset and a loser doesn’t. Therefore winning is a matter of choice and that choice flows out of your attitude which resides in your mind. Winners want to win and they have patience to win at all cost. They are enthusiastic people .Most importantly they do not expect success on the plate but strive hard to achieve it and take failures in their strides.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”.
Michael Jordan — Top American Basketball Player
Looking at the story of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States one can see the mindset of a winner in him.
In 1831, he lost his job because his father wanted to migrate to another city. In 1832 he was defeated in the state legislature elections and the next year he failed in business. He lost his best friend in 1836 and had a nervous breakdown the next year. In the next decade he lost elections for speaker of the house, was rejected for land officer position and defeated for US Senate .Again defeated for run for the Vice President post. In 1858 he was once again defeated in run for US Senate. At last in 1860 he was elected the president of United States.
There after he became one of the most respected and successful presidents of the country and his achievements are note worthy.
Great mountaineers like Tenzing Norgay never got their success easy. Before he along with Edmund Hillary became the first ones to climb Mount Everest, they had several failed missions.
Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow…but I’m still growing!” — Sir Edmund Hillary
Remember, victory and defeat first set in the mind of a person. God has given each one of us certain strengths and some weaknesses. Winners always ensure to work on their weaknesses and leverage their strengths. For example I have seen very good and academically bright students unable to get a decent job after a management program because they lack good communication skills. But those who realize this weakness or shortcoming and work on it, do succeed after a while. There are other set of people who do not accept that they have a problem, never work and obviously never ever improve.
Therefore winners mind set requires a focus which means a definite goal. There after it requires consistent effort to achieve. As a winner proceeds towards success he faces all the failures bravely- not giving up at all throughout the race.
A winner’s mindset requires the following qualities.
1. A strong desire to be a winner
2. Clear goal which you want to achieve.
3. Absolute focused approach to achieve the desired goal.
4. Solid preparation.
5. Dedication and sincerity to the core.
6. Ability to bounce back after failure and be prepared for failures.
7. Learning from mistakes- never to repeat them.
8. Making efforts to learn from others.
9. Sharpen your axe all the time- Keep upgrading your education and skills.
10. Whatever you do, do it the best you can.
It is important to understand that winners are not only those who have high IQ or who are college or school toppers. In fact most of the winners in life are those who are average in almost every domain but have a high component of desire- a burning desire to do well.
It is equally important for a person to be enthusiastic and passionate about things he wants to do. In other words, having passion is extremely necessary for success. Passion is a burning desire to do participate in an activity. I feel desire to win is finally the start point for a winning mindset. You can never win if you have no desire to win. Enthusiasm stems out of a seed of desire and that is what makes an ultimate winner.
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”.
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