Winning Attitude

April 2008 216Expecting success, to win, to achieve; free of doubts and fear

The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.  Elbert Hubbard.

Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. Gen. George S Patton

A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.   Tom Flores

In competition there are often winners and losers. Most of us prefer winning. We want to be a “winner”, but we do not know what it means to have a “winning attitude”. Those who have fostered and developed it are skilled at winning in many aspects of their lives. They win because they expect to win.

A winning attitude is an internal thought process that once learned and developed works almost as effectively as a heat seeking missile in acquiring, targeting, and hitting its mark. Winners learn to utilize their creative mental capabilities; unlocking them, and directing them toward achieving their goals. Once the target is locked in, it is typically only a matter of time, before they successfully complete their targeted task.

One of the great things about a winning attitude is once we learn how to use it, we can use it over and over. We know those who seem to do well at everything they undertake. Chances are they have learned how to have the attitude that it takes to win. They mastered it and now use it over and over again. We should get to know these type individuals and get their insights on having a winning attitude. It would be time well spent. Professional athletes are good examples of this. Peyton Manning, The Williams sisters, Jack Nicklaus, Hank Aaron, Chris Everett, Mia Hamm, and Wilma Rudolph are only a few.

 Many of us try having a winning attitude. We know the value of visualization, affirmation and belief. We understand the tremendous capability we have of literally turning our thoughts into reality. Many of us never go quite far enough. We see it, grasp it and believe in it, but then we fall short. We do not totally believe in ourselves. If we really believe, we give it our all. Winners do give it their all and as a result they usually win. 

  Most of us have experienced successes when we gave it “our all”. It is something we really wanted; we would not take “no” or defeat for an answer. We wanted it “so bad”; we were able to give it everything we had. Guess what, we succeeded? Winners are able to do this over and over again. This is why they win. They believe, they commit, and they win. We can learn much from those who live life with a winning attitude.

Challenge: Winning is attitude. This process has a beginning, then progresses through various steps, and ultimately delivers victory. You have used this attitude in the past and have probably used it on a regular basis. Things you are good at and believe in have fostered a “winning attitude”. You can do the same thing in many more aspects of your life. You can master a winning attitude. It will change your life for the better.

Wisdom: Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5, 6

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Those that belong to the Lord are winners in the most important way possible. They know where they will be spending eternity. If we truly knew we could not fail, how would our confidence about winning and being successful change for the better? God tells us that we are winners. He teaches us how to succeed and to have a winning attitude. The problem is we do not believe what he says. This is what faith is. It is time to believe him!

Prayer: Help me to grow today and help me to become more of what you want me to be

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