Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Winning Is An Attitude

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing about the concept of Winners and Losers, my belief that there is not a single winner in business or in life, and that taking the view that there can be a single winner is one that will certainly limit your own desire to compete and succeed.

Winners and losers in life and in business are not always determined by the scoreboard. Or, maybe I should say that winners and losers are not always defined by the visible scoreboard. Instead, winners are defined by their attitudes and willingness to do what it takes to ensure their success and the success of those around them.

This moves the idea of being a winner away from the “1/0, there can be only one winner, if you are not THE winner then you are a loser” concept, to one where YOU get to decide whether you will be a winner or a loser.

It’s safe to say that we’ve all met “winners” in our lives. These are the people who find ways to overcome adversity, who look at the rocks in their path as stepping stones, not stumbling blocks, and when given lemons, they make lemonade. In fact, these people not only make lemonade, but they make the best lemonade in the world, have a knack for marketing that lemonade, and turn their lemonade stands into multi-million dollar businesses.

But, I would suggest that we’ve all me our share of losers as well. These people tend to be victims with too many things that are “out of their control.” They constantly blame others for their problems. They refuse to take responsibility for their actions. And they can’t enjoy even a momentary victory because they are convinced that something bad is about to happen to them. And it usually does.

Here are some of my thoughts on “winners” vs. “losers.”

Look for solutions.
Encourage those around them.
Lend a helping hand.
Create a plan for success.
Look at the glass as half full.
Believe nothing is impossible.
Find a way to keep going.
Don’t believe in excuses.

Look for problems.
Don’t think about others.
Look for a handout.
Fail to plan.
Are pretty sure the glass is cracked.
Quit when something is “too hard”.
Look for a way to quit.
Always have an excuse handy.

What about you? How do you define winners? Or losers, for that matter? How do you identify winners from losers? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well.

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Until next time.....

Dave Meyer
ECI Learning Systems, LLC

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