Welcome to this month's issue of the Motivational and Inspirational Corner Newsletter. This month we're going to talk about a subject near and dear to the heart's of all winners - and that topic is winning. General MacArthur's motivational quote above says it all as far as a winner is concerned. If you're going to play, then you've got to play to win.
Zig Ziglar, one of America's premier motivational speakers, had this to say about winning. "Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is." Winners set the table for winning by expecting to win in advance. They prepare to win, expect to win and then go out and play to win each and every time. Vincent Lombardi, the Hall of Fame football coach, was quoted as saying, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Did Coach Lombardi overstate the case? Let's take a closer look.
It's oh so easy to say that winning doesn't matter -- until you lose. Then all of a sudden that winning side of the equation looks a heck of a lot better than your losing side. Winners fully realize that they're simply not going each and every time out. Whenever any of us takes a chance of laying it all on the line, there's always the possibility of suffering defeat in our quest for glory. But it's those taking of chances that makes life exciting and helps meld us into the winners we are destined to become. If you want to become a success, then you must exhibit the courage to encounter failure along the way.
Whenever a winner gives it his or her best shot and comes up a bit short this time around, the winner is renown for displaying good sportsmanship and congratulating the victor. The winner then immediately starts working to win the next time around. After all, winning is the goal. Simply because the winner lost this time around doesn't mean that he or she will lose the next time out. Winners accept setbacks and failure as temporary bumps on the road to the top. They see their failures as merely stepping stones to success. The possess a single-minded will to win - nothing less will suffice.
Losing sticks in a winner's craw, to say the very least. It's one thing to be a good sport when you lose, but it's quite another thing to become a good loser. Winners are never good losers. Gracious losers, yes. Good losers - never. Abraham Lincoln, who overcame a staggering number of resounding defeats before becoming one of the greatest Presidents in the history of the United States, once said that "success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
When a winner gets knocked down, he or she picks himself or herself up and goes back to the drawing board. Winners ultimately come out on top because they dare to win. The greatest victory you'll ever experience in life is the unparalleled feeling of accomplishment that comes when you successfully accomplish something that everyone told you couldn't be done.
I know what I'm talking about here, since I have experienced this "high" on a number of occasions. In spite of the fact that virtually everyone I knew kept telling me that I was wasting my time or that I didn't stand a chance, I persevered and pushed on because I believed in myself and my God given abilities. I truly believe that by winning the struggle within, you've already won 95% of the battle.
General George S. Patton encouraged all of us to tap into our inner strengths when he said, "Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory." If you have ever conquered the seemingly insurmountable odds and have come out on top, you know firsthand what this unbelievable emotion feels like as well. There's no better feeling, is there? In fact, nothing even comes close. The greatest victory you'll ever experience is winning when those around you say you can't.
Winning isn't a once in a while thing, you need to make it a full time passion. You were born to win. You were put here to thrive and make a worthwhile contribution. It is up to you to take your abundant talent and go out there and make a difference. Please never allow anyone or anything to hold you up or hold you back any longer.
Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get. Believe you me, there is a song inside you that desperately needs to be sung. Don't concern yourself with getting knocked down on your trip to the top. Just vow to get up, get better and get going again each and every time you get bounced around. When you do, your date with destiny will be secured.