Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Motivators: Playing To Win!

Playing to win requires a commitment to yourself that even if you fail, you will never give up and never let your goals and dreams die.

Those who play to win know that success is not given to us. It is pursued with all the energy and sweat we can muster. Obstacles and struggles are part of life and only serve to make us appreciate our success. If everything came easily, we wouldn't know what it felt like to truly succeed.

Obstacles are meant to be overcome!
Fear is meant to be conquered!
Success is meant to be achieved!
They are all part of the game of life and the people who succeed are the ones who play to win, trust, and never give up until the game (of life) is over!

You can bet the Patriots aren't sitting around whining about their Super Bowl loss. Even though for some of them, this game was the greatest event of their career to date and they were looking for the WIN to propel them forward. They are already mapping out a strategy for next season. They are reviewing what they did well and in what areas they need to improve. They will put a plan in place for their workouts, rest, diet, mental focus, team members, coaching staff, and any area they can affect. They will set new goals in each of these areas and write down the steps needed to achieve those goals.

You have an opportunity to analyze your game as well. Today is the first day of the rest of your career; the next phase of life with a success mindset; a fresh start in your personal relationships; an opportunity to make a commitment to yourself that you will play to win.

My phone ringtone is Chumbawumba singing, "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down!" Every time my phone rings I am reminded that I have a choice to get up, overcome and succeed.

The great Vince Lombardi once wrote, "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up." We're going to get knocked down (and around) in life. Get back up! Commit...Play...Win!!

Question: Who do you admire that is a great example of getting back up after (perceived) failure?

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