Saturday, October 10, 2009

Character Traits of a Winner - Act Like a Winner

When you learn to think and speak like winners, the process inevitably changes you from within. Your perspective will change. You will start to gravitate to other like-minded people; other winners who have consistently succeeded in their endeavors. You will also find that you can no longer tolerate negative people around you. Needless to say, those negative people will criticize you. Yet this will not shake you. You see yourself, your goals and your future clearly and you will not allow anything or anyone stand in your way. You will remove your obstacles even if it means the loss of family and friends. Allow me to interject this thought: it is at this point that you will recognize who are your friends. Real friends inspire and encourage you on your way to success. They will hang in there with you, help you and even defend your reputation. Joan Jett hit the nail on the head when she sung, "You got nothing to lose - you don't lose when you lose fake friends."

Acting like a winner is not a script - it's a life style. It's success in motion. It is thought in action. It cannot be faked. It is the by-product of the positive change occurring inside your soul. People begin to notice the pep in your step, the big cheesy smile on your pucker and the shine in your eyes. You're starting doing things differently. Your reaction to the storms of life is... calm. You refuse to engage in gossip and malicious slander.

Winners never quit. The main difference between winners and losers is the glaring fact that winners never quit when things get crazy. So what if the conference didn't as well as planned. The sponsors pulled out and you had to foot some of the bills out of your own pocket. Did you expect it to be smooth sailing? Other winners are watching you. Your reaction when your world is blowing up in front of your face will make or break you.

  1. Abraham Lincoln lost several elections and suffered a nervous breakdown before he became the president of the United States.
  2. Thomas Edison failed two thousand times before he invented the light bulb.
  3. Elizabeth Blackwell received twenty-nine rejections from medical colleges before she became America's first female physician. She went on to pioneer education for women in medicine and was a leader in the women's rights movement.
When I was a child, I remember watching a tape of a very angry black man pointing his meaty finger and looking straight into the camera saying, "I told you, all of my critics, I told you all that I was the greatest of all times, I beat Sonny Liston, I told you today I'm still the greatest of all times, never again defeat me, never again say that I'm going to be defeated, never again make me the underdog." That man was Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxing champion of all time.

Never again.


Of course, this article merely scrapes the surface of the behaviors of winners. The rest is up to you to do due diligence and apply the results to your life.

Let's go to work!
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