WINNERS VERSUS LOSERS
by Joe Bonura, CSP
What Makes A Winner?
A winner is someone who keeps on going no matter how hard the circumstances,
like the Energizer Bunny on steroids. "When the going gets
tough, the tough get going" is a great mantra to live by. Remember
this year's NFL playoffs for the Super Bowl, with only seconds left
on the clock, teams continued their push, and changed the outcome
of the games.
What Makes A Loser?
At the first sign of adversity, the loser is ready to give up and
stop trying. He is the person who goes back to sleep when the alarm
clock goes off in the morning. A loser is a person who finds excuses
not to make sales calls, or worse yet, not to show up for appointments.
The Turtle Syndrome
The loser lives like a frightened turtle, afraid to stick his neck
out of the shell. But like the turtle, the loser will never move
forward unless he comes out of the shell. He spends his life in
the comfort of the shell and wonders why winners drive nicer cars,
live in bigger homes, and give more to charitable causes. Instead
of competing, losers find it easier to call successful people "thieves."
I heard someone say that if you took all the money in the world
and divided it up equally, within a few years, the winners would
have it all back again. When a loser wins the lottery, statistics
show that they are usually broke again in a few years.
Losers should stop wondering why they are losers, and see the wonder
in accomplishment. In order to see the wonder, they should stop
wandering in the wilderness of self-defeat to see that every day
holds tremendous opportunity if they know what they want and take
action. Remember how Wonder Woman could spin and turn from a mild
mannered person into a super hero in a matter of seconds? It may
be time to stop wondering and start spinning.
No Goals - No Gold
Losers do not achieve goals because they do not set goals. They
point fingers at the economy, their spouse, the weather, or their
boss, and they turn their failure into an excuse. A goal is like
a magnet that draws winners to their ultimate destination; without
the magnet, you are like a motor boat with a dead engine, waiting
for a passing opportunity to rescue you.
The theme this year for the TV program, "The Biggest Loser"
is "No Excuses." Make that your theme for 2012. Stop leaning
on your excuses for your failure to succeed in selling, and you
will become the Biggest Winner.
Your Biggest Excuse
Write down your biggest excuse for not having, being, or doing
the things that you want to have, be, or do in life. As soon as
you have written it down, tear it in little pieces and toss in a
trash can. Then immediately take an action step toward achieving
Be Happy -- Do Not Worry
Do not worry about tomorrow or the day after, but simply concentrate
on making today the best day of your life. Do the same thing tomorrow,
and the day after, and the day after that. A successful life is
built on one successful day at a time, that is built on one successful
action at a time.
Do It Anyway
According to the late motivational guru Earl Nightingale, the only
difference in winners and losers is that winners do the things that
failures do not do. Although the task is not easy for a winner,
he faces the difficult task anyway.
Be a Doer
Decide today that you will join the ranks of the Doers, and not
the Doubters. Doers make the world a better place. Imagine what
the world would be like if all of the Doers decided to become Doubters
tomorrow. It would be a financial catastrophe, indeed!
You Are a Winner
You are a winner, or you probably would not be reading this article.
Although we looked at the dark side today, it is important to realize
it is there beckoning us to cross over. Do not let the sound of
the sirens lure you off the path to success and fulfillment. Stay
focused and goal-driven, and your rewards will be worth the effort.
© 2012 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.