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“Winning is not a sometime thing…it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while…you don’t do the right thing once in a while…you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.”
- Vince Lombardi
Lombardi had winning down to a science by taking the Packers to win five championships in seven years. The real question is how? How did this team reach that level of excellence? What separates winners from losers? I am here to give a breakdown of the thought processes used by legends to get you on the winning side.
1. Self Belief
" I am the greatest. I said that before I knew I was."
- Muhammad Ali.
Winning starts with you. It starts with you believing that you can be a winner. Affirmations lead to results. You become what you think you are. It's that simple. So let your thoughts pave the path to winning before anything else.
2. Being Hungry
"For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Hunger is having a deep desire to accomplish your goals. It's when you'll go above and beyond to make sure you have the desired outcome. Winners are always hungry and never satisfied.
3. Leverage Your Strengths Over an Opponents Weaknesses
"When you find your opponent's weak spot, hammer it."
- John Heisman
Think about this scenario. Two individuals are getting into a fistfight. One person is over six feet tall, has hands the size of bricks, and weighs over 250 pounds. The other guy just shy of 5' 6", weighs 135 pounds soaking wet, and has a glass jaw. Now would it be in the second guys best interest to beat the first with power? Obviously not. He would use his quickness to get hits in on the opponent and win with endurance. David can beat Goliath if he exposes the weaknesses in him.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
- Bruce Lee
If you want to excel at a something, you must spend countless hours refining that craft. Hard work has no substitutes, practice, and in time you will see your skill level increase.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
– Jerry Rice
To gain achievements you must give up other things. This is where most people lose. They aren't willing to give up things they enjoy in the short term for things they want long term. Be willing to turn down that night out, those vacations, or anything else that doesn't correlate with what you want to achieve.
"Success isn't determined by how many times you win, but by how you play the week after you lose."
Winners know how to bounce back from any loss very quickly. Learn from a loss to know what steps need to be made to not have it happen again. But you need to instantly put no more emphasis on you losing. Let the past stay where it is and focus on the next victory.
"If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit."
By having persistence, you'll ensure a win. Winners do not understand what no means, or surrender. They keep pushing no matter what. So give relentless effort until you see the desired result.
This concludes my winners blueprint. Use these mentalities, and keep on winning!
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