October 9, 2002
The late Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who staked his claim as one of greatest college football coaches of all time, once said "Winning isnt everything, but it beats anything that comes in second." Coach Bryant knew a thing or two about winning, given the fact that when he retired he had won more Division I college football games than any other coach in history.
There was only one bottom line with Coach Bryant and that was winning. He successfully instilled this single minded will to win in his staff and his players and as a result, his teams annually competed for the national championship. Coach Bryant believed they would win, his staff believed they would win and his players believed they would win as well.
Its one thing to think you can win. Thinking you can win is akin to hoping for the best and "hoping" certainly isnt believing, is it? Coach Bryants teams took the field knowing they would win. This rock solid belief system was based on a sound foundation that was put in place well before game time. Coach Bryant and his staff meticulously prepared the team to win each game, conditioning them from a physical as well as a mental perspective. Sure, most of his athletes were well conditioned from a physical standpoint. But the mental conditioning aspect of Coach Bryants training regimen, injecting that single minded will to win, took his players to another level.
By the time game day rolled around, every member of team was ready to give it their very best effort with one goal in mind winning the game. Conditioned to win, his teams won over 300 games.
You should take a page from Coach Bryants play book. You must commit, if your havent done so already, to continually condition yourself for success. Setting the table for success is not a once in a while thing, its a full time endeavor. An unqualified commitment to win requires you to stay on top of your game every single day. It may sound like a lot of work, but the development of a commitment to excellence will effectively insulate you from the negative, destructive influences that abound in daily life.
Waging and winning the battle against the negative influences of life requires an unconditional commitment. You need to keep your guard up, keep your sights set high and keep conditioning yourself to win. Youll find that while winning may not be everything, it sure beats the heck out of anything that comes in second.
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