Six Characteristics Of A Winner

1. No Limits

Winners do not put limitations on themselves. People are often impressed when they hear of my records of 387 tackles in my college career including 35 tackles in a single game. The truth is that I never noticed nor focused on the significance of these numbers. I simply wanted to be in on every tackle. I had no preset limit on how many tackles I could make. Winners focus on what they CAN do as opposed to what they cannot. Many will remember the example of Roger Bannister who broke the four-minute mile barrier at a time when doing so was believed to be a physical impossibility. Within a few months after of breaking the four-minute mile barrier, ten others had accomplished the feat. Everything is impossible until someone does it!

2. Fast Learners

For winners there is no such thing as failure. Every experience, good or bad, is seen as an opportunity grow. They either win or learn. Everyone is unexperienced at some point in his or her life. The winner knows that the key is to learn from every situation and to learn fast. Often in sports and business, things move quickly and those who can absorb and adapt new information expeditiously will have the upper hand.

3. No Dwelling on the Negative

Winners do not dwell on the negative. They understand the difference between DWELLING on a negative experience and simply remembering one. As I have already mentioned, winners learn from everything, even when things don’t turn out as planned. However, when winners experience the pain of defeat, they use it as powerful motivator to improve. Winners try to find what is RIGHT in the situation and to build on it. When they think back on their past they tend to remember experiences in a good light and with a positive slant.

4. No Panic

Winners do not panic. In fact, the more dire the situation, the more calm and focused they become. The winner’s brain kicks into auto mode when confronting a stressful experience quickly assessing the situation while considering the options. The winner elevates to a higher level where the solutions become more apparent. Winners also know that they are an example to their teammates and that any irrational responses based on panic can flow to others causing confusion, loss of confidence and defeat.

5. Refuse To Lose

Winners don’t take ‘NO’ for an answer. They refuse to lose. They know that a way will open up. They focus on solutions and alternatives. Before a door closes, they are already searching for another. This is how winners pull victory out of the jaws of defeat over and over again. When Muhammed Ali faced George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” on the night of October 30, 1974 in Zaire, Africa, no one believed that Ali could win. Ali had been stripped of his championship title because of his opposition to the Vietnam War and was now an aging fighter. Forman was a young, powerful and undefeated fighter who had easily knocked out fighter after fighter, including the great Joe Frasier, to become the World Champion. The only one that believed that Ali could win was Ali. With all the odds against him, Ali refused to lose and knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round. It is considered as one of the greatest efforts and strategies in the history of sports.

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