1. Chase Something
Chase something, whether it is small, or big, as long as it is something you can excel in, something you can win in; a hobby perhaps, a sports club, a business, a language, a book.
Anything you thought you couldn’t do or were scared to do, you should do. That riff you you’ve always wanted to string? Try it, and see how far you get with it.
The mental focus and dedication that will be required for you to succeed in the task will develop in you an attitude of discipline and the mindset of a champion that says ‘Nothing is impossible’
2. Do not fear failure
Everything in life is a risk.
While Henry Ford today is known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t always a success. In fact, his early businesses failed him and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
Abraham Lincoln surely goes down in history as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, but his life wasn’t always awesome. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (now if you’re not familiar with military ranks, a private is as low as you can get.) He didn’t stop failing there though. Afterwards he started numerous businesses that utterly failed and was defeated in numerous runs for office before he became president.
Billionaire and philanthropist Warren Buffet wasn’t accepted at Harvard University because he was told he just wasn’t smart enough. If he believed them, he would have never been the man he later became to be. His rejection was his fuel for success.
Winners often go through tough times before they succeed. The idea is not to avoid failure, but it is to keep trying and moving forward and out of your comfort zone to get what you want.
3. Motivate Someone
Speak words of success everyday.
When you motivate others you speak positive words, words of success and encouragement. Positive talk in your vocabulary makes you think constantly about what you are saying and you eventually believe it. Spoken words become reality and positive talk leads to positive outcomes. “I have never seen a pessimistic general win a battle” ~ Dwight David Eisenhower
4. Learn From The Best
Legendary boxing champion and social activist Muhammad Ali made the slogan “I am the greatest” his personal brand. Now it’s arguable he wasn’t the greatest boxer in his time but he said it so often that he made us believe him.
He also said “To be a great champion you must believe you are, If you’re not, pretend you are”. and later confessed “I figured that if I said it enough, I’d convince the world that I really was the greatest.” And that he did, and then worked his butt off to make it a reality.
Try to surround yourself around positive people, people who inspire you. Who challenge you. If you cannot then surround yourself with self help and motivational books. If you’re more modern and are on twitter follow thought leaders, motivational people, quotation curators and inspirational individuals. The constant stream of positivity and encouragement will leave you motivated and encouraged everyday.
5. Get Your Mind Right
Winning is a mind-set. Winners constantly share their pearls of wisdom to us but we seldom believe them because somehow, we think their just extraordinary human beings. We forget that they are ordinary people like you and me who worked hard to make their dreams a reality.
If we can look at our past and look at ourselves now, we will realise that nothing can stop us, our limitations are simply illusions, hurdles that must be jumped and conquered. If we can convince ourselves that we were born to win we will eventually win. It is for us to stop doubting ourselves and proceed onwards with our success
The world is our playground. Let’s go score some goals.
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