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Power Up Passages

Putting Your Best To The Test.
August 27, 2002

Are you winning, losing or perhaps caught somewhere in between? Are you presently squeezing all of the fun, happiness and excitement you can out of life or could you do a little better, maybe even a whole lot better? Are you ready, willing and able to give your absolute best effort day in and day out – with no excuses, whining and complaining allowed? If not, when will you be willing to do so?

Hey, let’s face the facts here. Your daily attitude, regardless of whether it is good, bad or perhaps somewhere in between, will in large measure determine how far your go and high you fly in your life. You've got to be willing to put your best to the test if you're ever going to break out of that hum-drum existence and make your dreams come true.

When you study the basic differences between the real winners in life and the so called also-rans, you’ll discover that the primary distinction between winning and coming up short can generally be traced back to each individual’s mental approach to the game of life. If there is one common thread that runs throughout winners across this great country, it is their all consuming winning mindset. Winners expect to be successful. Winners win primarily because they expect to win!

This irrepressible, irresistible all out will to win, coupled with an unwavering commitment to excellence in everything they say, think and do, lays the critical foundation for winning. Winners have learned that in order to get the best out of life, it is their personal responsibility to first demand the best out of themselves.

These born winners love the challenge of getting more out of themselves than anyone thought they could give – in many instances even more than they themselves initially believed they could give! These champions can never get enough of that unparalleled high that accompanies winning. The thrill of winning drives them, turns them on and makes them feel alive. Each and every new triumph compels them to do better, to go farther and to reach higher than before.

Why wouldn't each and every one of us play to win every day of his or her life? With so much to gain, you would think everybody would jump at the opportunity to go for the gold, to be their best and to live their dreams daily. Yet there are millions of born winners who have somehow forgotten how to win and now aimlessly stumble through life in a maze of mediocrity, simply trying to survive. Instead of demanding the best they have to offer, they con themselves into believing that it's not really their fault when they come up short or fail to give their best effort. This is no way for a born winner to think -- and certainly no way for a born winner to live.

While getting knocked down is a fact of life, winners are quick to get up while the would-be winners stay down -- sometimes for the count. Every single person was born to win, but must first believe he or she can win before winning becomes a way of life. How about you? How do you approach each day? Do you expect to win or merely hope for the best? Do you see yourself thriving or just simply surviving?

You should never, ever forget that you have more God given talent and ability than you’ll ever need to take you to the top. Way more than enough. You must believe in yourself and in your dreams and always be on the look out for opportunities to put your best to the test. Then, when it’s time to lay it all on the line and do your best, go out there and do it. Why not put your best to the test every day and commit to making each day a day that you’ll never forget?

The Power Up Passage is brought to you each weekday by The Motivational and Inspirational Corner.

Author: Greg Hickman


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