5 Steps To Becoming A Winner
April 17, 2012
Want to win? Want to be at the top? Winning in any endeavor is essentially the same -- and requires very similar steps. This week in Success Tips, we talk about how you can catapult yourself into first place with 5 SIMPLE steps to follow.
1 . HAVE THE PASSION, TALENT
First a word about Passion. Passion is made up of two words: "pass" and "ion." When you have passion you are literally passing ions (energy) over to others. If you believe what you are saying, you will be believed. If you do NOT believe what you are saying, you will be regarded skeptically. If you could care less, you are going to flatline on achievement. Have the attitude ... and make it a good one. People gravitate toward uplifting attitude and are repelled by sour negative attitudes.
With talent, you know you have it. It's the thing that you would do if there were no such thing as money. What would you be doing today if you did not have to go somewhere or do something? What if you were free to choose and do anything you desire? What would it be? The inner answer is exactly what your talents in this life are. Listen to yourself. Know your desires. The desire guides you to your path. Usually, those who do not "know" deep down what their mission is, it is because they never stop long enough to listen to their inner guide speak to them.
2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
What does it take to be a leader in your field or career of choice? Whatever it is you want to do, chances are someone else has already been successful at that very thing. PLUS, MOST IMPORTANTLY, some have FAILED at it. Your job is to isolate WHAT the winners did and what the failures did. You will see the difference. Don't learn a lesson that has already been taught. Pay attention and see what killed off the others, then do the OPPOSITE, which is what the winners will be doing. Do what you love, love what you do, and the universe comes to you. Get on the same wavelength as the job at hand. Know what you want to do, set your sights, be decisive ... and go for it.
3. IT'S ALL ATTITUDE
I would rather have 10 people on my team with great can-do attitudes than one person with massive experience but an attitude that attracts failure. There is no room on a team for a hot dog. Everyone works a part and knows what they do to create the win. As Scott Shannon used to tell me, "It's your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your final altitude." This was right after he told me that he and I were really DJs deep down. And it's true. I love Scott for what he teaches, and for that quote -- because it's true, and has guided my life for years. You always want to be the person that is "WE CAN"-based, not "WE CAN'T"-based. Offer MORE service than what is average. You will immediately stand out.
4. PEOPLE SKILLS CREATE THE WIN
Great teams get along. Your ability to get along with others with a minimum of strife will contribute more to your success than just about any other quality. This goes back to your kindergarten days when you were placed with other kids. Does he/she play well with others in the sandbox? If you can get along without petty interpersonal struggles, it means that you have risen above the fray and have surpassed many of the setbacks that befall human beings. Rise above the trivial; accept others for what they are rather than trying to convince them of your "right-ness." The best saying for this is, "If only you were MORE LIKE me, I would LIKE you MORE" Know it when you see that creeping in and control it.
5. EXECUTE AND NEVER STOP
Control the situation before it controls you. When placed in command, take control. Do the most important thing at every possible moment. No matter what you do, you should be executing on your plan. John Cline taught me, "If you were successful once, you can do it again." The proof is in your past. If you have ever won anything, that behavior can be duplicated as long as you want it to happen badly enough. Never give up. Expect to get thrown off your horse and take a beating. It's not what happens to you, but how you react to what happens to you. Shake it off and get back into the battle.
All failure is temporary and is only used as a guidance mechanism to put you on the RIGHT path. If something doesn't work out, it's simply telling you that you have SUCCESSFULLY proven how NOT to do it. The single most important thing in winning is HOW you process setbacks. If you use them as LEARNING experiences, you will win. If you allow setbacks to depress and upset you, your failure ratio will INCREASE.
By applying these five major things, success will chase you ... and not the other way around. Happy winning!