Are You A Winner ?

What is a winner? For some to be a winner is to be a good sport or having fun. For others, it was about crushing the competition. How you answer this question is a reflection on you. Here are some of my own principles of winners:

Keep learning- If you stay stagnant, people will pass you by. There is always something to learn. If you make it a point to keep up on the patterns, trends, technologies in your field of work, you will have an advantage. If you spent 30 minutes on a particular topic or area a day within 6 months we would be considered an expert in that area! You can always learn something from someone, even what not to do! Simply put there is so much for us to learn so let’s keep learning.

Do your best- Compete against your best self, not others, and you will continue to improve. Too often we look at other people as our measuring stick. Stop comparing yourself to others and compare yourself to your best yesterday self. How have you gotten better? We can learn from others but compete against ourself. Be the best I can be should be our motto!

Communicate truthfully- Being honest is its own reward; it will help you sleep well at night. Don’t oversell yourself. It is so better to have someone else tell you that you are better than you say that you are. Your weaknesses are endearing. So wear them honestly. I find when I open up and be honest people listen, people can relate and i am far more effective in my communication.

Honour your agreements- If your word is trustworthy, you are a winner. People love to work with people that they trust. Trust and honesty go hand in hand. Your word has to be as good as gold. Everytime I can follow-through on something I have promised, I feel good but more than that I have built up my credibility, the trust. Today, when I say to people whom have worked with me, I will get this done, they know I will. It is not about big promises, its about all the little ones as well.

Move steadily forward- Setting goals and moving ahead toward your dreams makes you a winner. If you are actively doing one thing every day to move you toward your dreams you will move steadily toward achieving them. Moemtum is important, which is why winners keep records, of times, achievements, goals etc. Pushing a moving rock to new direction or to speed it up is easy when it is moving but trying to puch something stagnant is a tough task. Momentum is crucial to achieving goals.

Accept blame- People will respect you if you admit your mistakes. No one is perfect, but those who take responsibility for their mistakes are respected. Perfection is annoying because no one is perfect. So, when you mess up, and take your lumps, people will appreciate it. Too many people want to lay blame or someone, something else but really the only time we progress is when we face facts accept blame and then decide how to make it right.

Celebrate the achievements of others- Other people’s successes are not your failures. When you honour other winners, you are a winner. I love watching manchester united play, when one player scores eveyone partakes in the celebration and they hail the person that did it. The power of Praise is too often left unsaid, undone, yet if we learn to recognize another’s achievement, another’s victory, we lift her/him and in the process lift ourselves.

How do you define winning? Are you a winner according to your own definition?

Leslie Choudhury – Int’l Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Author
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