I tend to miss #TBT, but I feel this is something everyone should read, and it is a story rooted back 20 years.
As a high school senior, we were coming off a football season having won the WPIAL and a heart breaking loss in the state semifinals. We finished 13-1. We were the greatest football team in McGuffey history, and still are to this day. The ironic thing was that were not the most talented. Many local colleges would visit the high school, pulling us out of class for recruiting visits.
I remember one small college from West Virginia had asked a group of us to meet with them in the guidance office. There was maybe half a dozen of us in this meeting. The one thing I remember from that meeting was that coach speaking about his goals for his football program. He said he hoped to have a record of 8-2 in about two years...
I felt sorry for that coach. We were all 17/18 years of age. We were not fully aware of how we thought, but were fully aware what we thought. We unloaded on the poor guy. I remember asking him: "How can you plan on losing?" The rest of the guys, collectively chimed in. Someone added: "Why is not undefeated your goal?" Needless to say, that coach was speechless. He tried retracting, but it was too late, and not one of us attended that school.
Were we wrong? No, we were not. We were used to winning. Losing was not even a consideration, to anyone. We felt we should have won states. We never considered losing as an option.
The take away: If you plan on losing, you will lose. Reality is created from your thoughts. I don't care if you lose consistently, you must think like a winner, if winning is to happen.
Many people fall on tough times, and even worse, losses sometimes pile on top of each other. The number one way to over come this is changing your attitude, and your thinking. If you cannot visualize yourself winning, in any aspect of your life, don't expect life to just hand you your wins.
Your victories are created first in your mind, and then created a second time in reality. If you can't see them in your mind, you will never see them with your eyes.
Chris Waters is an Executive Leadership Coach and owner of
Agoge Leadership Development LLC
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