Develop A Winners Attitude

By: Dennis Harting
Is your attitude in line with success? Or do you have an attitude that almost guarantees failure before you even begin? This is perhaps the most important area to clarify if you indeed want to attain a high degree of success.

There is a definitive difference between the attitudes of the successful versus those of the unsuccessful. Developing a “winner's" attitude is one of the most basic characteristics needed for achievement. Unfortunately, this is not something that society ingrains in us. Rather, we are more likely to be taught the exact opposite. It is easy to see why most people live a life filled with frustration and failure.

People do not want to take responsibility for the results they get. We learn at an early age to play the 'victim'. This allows us to absolve ourselves of any responsibility for what occurs in our lives. Naturally, when something good happens, we are quick to take credit. Yet, when something negative arises, we rapidly move in the mode of blame. It is someone (or something) else's fault. We point the finger at whatever we can. This allows us to feel better about ourselves by believing that we are not at fault.

The destructiveness of this mindset is that many go into that mode before they approach the particular situation. They have their alibis lined up prior to starting. Thus, when failure does arise, it is a simple process to assign blame. Unfortunately, someone operating under this concept does not understand how the mind creates what it focuses upon. By concentrating on all that can go wrong, the mind actually manifests this. The decision to find blame allows the mind to rest. Once it is satisfied that it found who was responsible, the creative process is ceased.

Many have a half hearted attitude towards most of what they do. Being successful in that endeavor is not a driving force. Naturally they would like to accomplish what they set out to do. However, if they do not, it is alright. They will simply offer a variety of excuses as to why things worked out the way they did. These excuses will show how they are not at fault. Since this is the mindset going in, the creative powers are not utilized to arrive at a successful conclusion. A half-hearted attempt is made which typically ends in an undesired result.

This is not what the successful do. Their attitude is exactly opposite. Instead of figuring who to blame or ways to avoid responsibility, the successful take this head on. They carry the mindset that they will achieve the desired results no matter what obstacles are encountered. All responsibility falls on their shoulders. Once they decide to do something, it is only a matter of time before it is accomplished. Anything that hinders the forward progress is overcome. All action is taken with the intent on achieving success. Any other possibility is never enters their mind.

For anyone wishing to be successful, this is the attitude needed to attain those results. A helpful exercise is to watch how top athletes approach their profession. The batting champion expects to get a hit every time he walks to the plate. Tiger Woods believes that he will win every golf tournament he enters. The same is true of Roger Federer in tennis. Second place is not a possibility to these people. This is the same attitude you need to have in your own life. When you set out to do something, do so with the belief that you will get it done.

Eliminate the excuses from your life. Blaming is a habit guaranteed to relegate you to a life of failure. It is the attitude of those who do not truly believe they can be successful. The winner's take responsibility for the outcomes in all situations. Believing that you will be successful beforehand increases the likelihood that it will come true. Approach every task with the winner's attitude.

Many define a true decision as 'a decision that cuts off any other possibility'. Decide what it is that you want and make sure that it happens. This attitude will instantly create better results in every area of your life.
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