The Winner’s Attitude

If you can’t see yourself doing something or achieving something, you literally cannot do it! It’s not what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you’re not.

In order to get the winning edge, we need to strive for excellence, not perfection. Striving for perfection is neurotic; striving for excellence is progress, because there is nothing that can’t be done better or improved.All that we need is a little edge.

The will to win and the will to achieve go dry and arid without constant reinforcement. Throughout history, winners and heroes have experienced periods in their lives that could be described as their desert experiences, when they’ve been confused and discouraged. Why, therefore, does it come as a surprise to us when we experience similar times in our lives? Times that are dry and arid, when we feel discouraged, times of stress when events in our lives are taking place so fast that we don’t know the questions, much less the answers

These following four self directed keys will give you an edge in winner’s attitude.

Positive self-awareness. You can learn to live without limitations. Limits are physical boundaries, but imitations are psychological barriers, such as feeling unworthy of material success or happiness. So, avoid judging yourself against the fantasies presented by television commercials and motion pictures. Reality says you have the potential to become infinitely more than you are now.

Positive self-esteem. You want to say, “I like myself. I’d rather be me than anyone else in the world.” With positive self-talk, you can have a strong sense of self-worth, regardless of your status. Instead of comparing yourself to others, view yourself in terms of your own abilities, interests, and goals.

Positive self-determination. Losers let it happen. Winners make it happen. Life is a do it yourself project. Whatever you give credence to in your thinking will likely come to pass. Learn to develop two critical capabilities: the ability to live with uncertainty, and the ability to delay immediate gratification in favor of long-range goals. Losers try to escape from their fears with activities that are tension relieving. Winners are motivated by their desires toward activities that are goal achieving.

Positive self-talk. Positive self-talk, before and after performance, is an important key to the permanent enhancement of self-esteem and goal achievement. Our self-image has been built by our own belief and thoughts about ourselves. Become aware of your silent conversation. You are constantly judging and prejudging every action. Your self- talk is creating your self-image and your goals. The most important briefings, meetings and conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have yourself. It isn’t enough to want success. It’s not enough to plan it. It’s not enough to act on it. You must think it, see it, and say it – every minute of your life.

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