Mindset Of A Winner

It took me hearing this three times for it to finally sink in and stick with me.  Hopefully, the case is not the same for you.  It is a story about mindset that I heard from Alwyn Cosgrove.  Before I tell it I will let you know that I took artistic liberty and made one minor tweak in the story.  I will use soccer, instead of basketball, as the sport of choice.  But no worries as the fundamental message will still hold true.

So let’s set the stage.  Imagine you’re a player in the World Cup final.  Probably the single biggest sporting event in the world.  Hundreds of millions of people are watching.  The score is 2-1 and there’s 5 minutes left in the game… what do you do?

Losers say to press men forward in an attempt to score and tie the game.

Winners say to keep possession of the ball and run out the clock.

What was your initial thought?  If you’re first thought was that you need to score to tie the game this might be a clue that you have the wrong mindset – the mindset of a loser.  If you think you’re a loser chances are you will be a loser.  If you think you’re a winner you may not actually win but there’s nothing else I can say except that it makes no sense to not believe you are a winner.

Winners aren’t winners because they always win.  Winners are winners because even though they will inevitably lose sometimes they always think and believe they can and will win.

The real message here is to think in Positives instead of Negatives.  Bad things happen to everyone.  No one is destined to a life of misery unless they choose to take that path.  Recognize that what you want to happen may not always happen but you will never get to where you want if you can’t see the opportunities, take full ownership of your life and improve your mindset.


1 comment so far

  1. Katie on

    This is one my favorites so far! I completely thought of myself as the person who needed to score another goal, but that might be because I love underdog, come back and win stories….or I’m a loser. Either way.

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