In life, there are two types of people: winners and losers. While some people seem to have a natural inclination to strive for something greater, others are content within the safety of their comfort zone.
In other words, while some aim for excellence, others are complacent with safe mediocrity. Some people even put up with a job they hate, simply because the salary is good. But making good money doesn’t always mean you’re winning at life. If you’re not happy, then you’re not winning.
If you’re making good money, but you’re feeling burnt out or stuck, you’re not a winner.
Everyone has the ability to choose either the path of a winner, or the path of a loser. However, not everyone has what it takes to be a winner, and even if they put the effort in, it doesn’t mean they’ll always win.
You may be wondering how you can make the choice to become a winner or a loser. As you’ll soon find out, it’s not a choice, but rather a series of choices. It comes down to a lot of small and big choices, compounded over time.
It often comes down to your mentality, a shift in your mindset, or advancement in your skill level.
If you constantly push yourself to make actual changes in the direction of success, you’ll soon see that the combination of your hard work and the right choices have added up to big success. You’re effectively a winner.
Choosing to become a winner doesn’t just affect your personal life. Your self-confidence, and the way you approach your business and clients will also be influenced in a positive manner. So, why doesn’t everyone choose to become a winner?
The Challenges That Winners Face
As it turns out, winning is hard. Nothing good comes easy, and behind any notable success story is the catastrophic failures that occurred along the way. Those failures are crucial for your ultimate success because you learn from them, but many people get discouraged by failures instead of learning from them.
Another reason winning is challenging is because it often requires taking risks. Any successful businessman knows that the higher the risk, the higher the potential return.
Take it from Bill Gates who famously said, “To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” Gates has earned the right to tout this saying. He dropped out of Harvard to create software and hardware the world hadn’t ever before seen.
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It’s easy to see that Gates made the right choice in retrospect, but at the time, dropping out of the nation’s top university did not seem wise, to say the least.
To make the choice between winners and losers, we have to understand that Gates was as much of a winner when he dropped out of college as he is now as a mega-billionaire.
Bill Gates had the mentality of a winner, and he also followed his instincts in search of something greater than what was laid out before him.
Success is something created on the inside, not a metric of something arbitrary like numbers. This is why you may have an adequate supply of money and still feel dissatisfied with your business or life.
Winners in the tough world of business need to have a mindset that cultivates success, regardless of whatever burdens are surrounding them in the outside world.
In this article, I’ll give a compelling case for developing the winner mindset. The sooner you start making the right choices, the quicker you’ll see your life and business change for the better.
Why You Should Strive For More
You may be wondering, “Why should I strive for more?” Perhaps you already have a comfortable salary, an excellent personal life, and you’re great at your job.
However, take a moment to consider your big, seemingly lofty goals. What are you trying to accomplish before you die? What are you doing every day to get one step closer to that goal? And are you actually happy in your current job?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and successful business people use this simple fact to their advantage.
While a loser might talk themselves out of taking a shot at something better, a winner would say, “Why not take my shot at something greater?”
Winners and losers think differently, which is potentially one of your biggest strengths as a winner. You have all the tools you need to craft a better life for yourself at this very moment, the question is whether or not you’ll choose to do it.
Winning is Uncomfortable
I want you to think about the expression aim higher for a moment. What does aim higher truly mean? It means that even if your life is okay right now, and your financial situation is stable, you shouldn’t get too comfortable. You should aim higher even if things are good right now. Aim higher, because your life can be better than good. The possibilities are endless.
Winners think of terms of the big picture, which allows them to reach higher, take bigger risks, and not fear failure. Contrary to what you may believe, playing it safe is holding you back.
If you’re not striving for more, you’re losing. Goals help us to grow, which is one of the biggest differences in the mindsets between winners and losers.
Becoming a winner isn’t about the “winning” itself, rather it’s about taking on a mindset that keeps you constantly motivated and excited about life.
Some people might need to upgrade their skills or get motivated by a business coach, in order to get that boost of self-confidence needed to get motivated about winning.
The Difference Between Winners and Losers
The difference between winners and losers is fairly simple. Winners see limitless possibilities and work hard to fuel their limitless drive and business, while losers are content settling for mediocrity in exchange for security.
Sure, taking big risks is easier said than done, especially when you have dependents like children or an ill parent, but winners take on challenges in stride. Instead of seeing the downsides of making an initial leap, a winner knows that the initial struggle pays off eventually.
It’s the simple concept of delayed gratification. As it turns out, we can determine a lot from this one trait. According to experts at Psychology Today, delayed gratification is one of the most prominent traits in successful people and it’s been backed by science.
In a famous psychology experiment conducted by Standford’s Walter Mischel in 1972, children were offered marshmallows after a certain waiting period. The catch was, children were given two marshmallows instead of one if they waited for a longer period of time.
The children who were able to delay their gratification and hence reap a greater reward went on the be measurably more successful in terms of future SAT scores and career success.
While there are obviously more factors at play, this is one of the few that you can control. To be a winner, take initiative in life. Remember that nothing good comes easy, and intense struggles can mean more success down the road.
If you’re able to spend the time, money, and exert the effort for awhile, and you’re okay with delayed gratification, you’ve already got a winner’s mentality.
You’re Not Entitled to Success
Another difference between winners and losers is that winners understand that they are
not entitled to success. They know that they must work for it, and even then, there are no guarantees.
The true nature of life is that a small percentage of people succeed despite putting in the work, so people need to have unshakeable, obsessive or that desperate drive to succeed to gain even an extra 1-3% advantage over everyone else.
It’s in these marginal percentages where you’ll begin to get ahead. Remember how I said winners understand that big-time success is comprised of many small choices? The same principle applies here.
While putting in that extra 1-3% in one instance will seem largely insignificant and sometimes like a waste of energy, over time, that percentage will grow into 5%, 10%, 20% leads and so forth depending on how hard you’re willing to work.
Over time, these small, repeated productive choices will guide you towards becoming a winner. Naturally, winners are better with people, great at sales, and able to close bigger deals because they’re willing to assume more struggle and more risk.
Challenges are seen as an opportunity to improve. Remember, diamonds only become the hardest material known to man with extreme amounts of pressure. If you want to be a winner, you need to take action.
The Gap Between You and Your Success
Winners and losers are differentiated by the dialogue they have with themselves. When you see an obstacle, do you motivate yourself to find creative solutions? Or do you find yourself feeling beaten down and overwhelmed – retreating to a dark place of despair?
Successful people have all worked hard to train their brains to produce conductive thinking. Practicing a positive frame-of-mind helps build confidence, take on more risk, and hence becoming one step closer to being a winner.
Changing your thought processes is definitely easier said than done, but that’s what a coach can help you with. A coach can help you feel less negative, burnt-out, anxious and exhausted, and more motivated to win. You’ve got to conquer any crippling self-doubt to make room for future goals and the steps to achieve them.
I want you to imagine a man walking in the dark. The man knows light exists somewhere down this path and reaching it is inevitable, yet there is no clear time frame for when he will reach the light.
The man, exhausted by the lack of light, turns around accepting the darkness around him as an end result. Little does he know that he was only a few paces short of the light before turning around and surrendering to darkness.
From an outside perspective, it’s easy to shout at the man. Clearly, reaching the light was more than possible, so why would anyone in the right mind turn around?
When we have our doubts about reaching our goals, we need to remember the big picture. Some level of success is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have to suffer or work for it, for an unknown amount of time.
It’s possible that you’re on the brink of success, very close to winning it all. Perhaps all you need is that extra push.
In other words, the gap between you and success could be huge, or it could be minimal depending on how many steps you’ve taken towards becoming a winner. What’s important is that you carry an internal light knowing that you will achieve, as long as you don’t abandon your pursuits.
Creating a Successful Environment
A huge difference between winners and losers is the environments they set themselves in. As said by motivational speaker Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. Hence, one of the biggest parts of becoming a winner is knowing whether or not you’re surrounding yourself with winners or losers.
You may be asking yourself why this is so important. Well, like-minded people tend to feed off of each other’s energies and build ideas together. Is your closest friend perfectly content surrendering to the rat race? If so, it’s likely he or she won’t be very helpful motivating you to take big, deliberate risks.
Winners know that cultivating success is about re-framing your entire lifestyle, not just a couple of aspects of your life.
Ask yourself honestly if the people around you are truly motivating you to be your best. If not, rethink your priorities. It’s natural for you to grow out of relationships and healthy practice for everyone involved.
After all, there are only so many seats available at your winner’s table. Make sure that everyone taking one is making good use of that seat.
Seven Habits of Winners
It can be difficult to separate winners and losers in life, so here are seven crucial habits to get you thinking and acting like a true winner:
1. Winners Surround Themselves With Other Winners: Networking is a good business practice regardless, but connecting with other high-caliber, powerful people will only push you to do your best.
2. Winners are Hungry for Success: Winners have that determined, unshakeable drive and motivation to succeed because they’re truly hungry for success.
3. Winners are Visionaries who Think of the Big Picture: As said by Elon Musk, “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”. Strive for your goals, even when it’s inconvenient. At the end of the day, you only get one shot, so you might as well try.
4. Winners are Confident: To be a winner, you have to develop real self-confidence – not fake self-confidence. The mentality of a winner requires a journey of personal development that resulted in an unshakeable confidence.
5. Winners Put in the Work: Nothing good comes easy, nor should it. Winners do what it takes, whether that’s upgrading their skills or hiring a coach. The harder you work, the more you develop a deep discipline and appreciation for the opportunities around you. Take responsibility for your struggles as much as your successes.
6. Winners Adapt: Winners adapt instead of giving up. Things are only difficult if you frame them that way. Winners are brave enough to try limitlessly until they breakthrough with success. They never give up. They adapt, roll with the punches, and they are resilient.
7. Winners Strategically Plan: What goals do you want to accomplish within the next year? In five? In ten? Winners plan out their aspirations not only to keep themselves motivated but also to hold themselves accountable.
People Win or Lose Because of Their Mentality and Skill Level
I have found that people win or lose in the business world, all because of differences in their mentality and their skill level.
If you think your skill level and your mentality need sharpening, What can you do? How can you sharpen your blades in the business world, and equip yourself with the necessary armor to be a winner?
The answer is to learn from one of the world’s highest-caliber business coaches, and become part of an elite community of industry leaders. The answer is to re-orient your mindset.
Make the Winning Choice
When it comes to choosing between winners and losers, the decision is entirely your own. A winner takes responsibility for their own life, their own future, and their own income. Winners secure the win for themselves by standing up and taking action.
There’s no room for excuses. If you want to make more money, or you want a better life, you’ll craft a plan to get yourself there. You’ll invest your money into upgrading your skills. Additionally, you’ll network with other winners and learn from them, and you’ll change your circumstances.
Society will often tell you to settle in hopes of fitting in nicely with the system, but don’t fall for it. Everyone who’s ever made a significant impact was once regarded as outlandish. Half the battle of becoming a winner is being brave enough to stand out. Get comfortable with the idea of doing things differently. Forget about how you’re perceived, and just go for it
Winners create their own rules and develop new ideas to reinvent the outdated ones. The path of a winner isn’t the easiest route, but it’s definitely the most exciting and the most fulfilling. Which path will you choose?
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