Follow in the footsteps of a winner. Don’t wake up at seventy-five years of age, sighingover what you should have tried. Just do it, and be willing to fail and learn along theway. At least you will know you gave it your best shot. At the end of the day, whetheryou choose to go with it, flow with it, resist it, change it, or hide from it, life goes on.
If what you did today didn’t turn out as you hoped, tomorrow is a new opportunity todo it differently, or to do nothing at all. What’s important is to realize that you have achoice. Here are 12 choices winners make every day:
# 1 : They don’t give up on the things they believe in.If J.K. Rowling stopped after being turned down by multiple publishers for years, there wouldbe no Harry Potter. If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 200+times, there would be no Starbucks. If Walt Disney quit too soon after his theme parkconcept was trashed by 300+ investors, there would be no Disney. One thing for sure: If you give up on your dreams too soon, you will miss out on seeing them become a reality.
# 2 : They work with, and spend time with, the right people.A day spent with the right people is always a day spent well. Sometimes the mostordinary ideas and projects can be made extraordinary, simply by discussingthem and doing them with the right people.
# 3 : They concentrate on the present.Remember, you can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.Today is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny. It doesn’t matterwhat you did or where you were; it matters where you are and what you’re doing now.Never give up on yourself, and never abandon your values and dreams. As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.
# 4 : They maintain a positive attitude.Only you can change your life, no one can do it for you. Happiness always comes from within,and it’s found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to thefuture. Each morning when you open your eyes, think only three things first: Thank you, thankyou, and thank you. Then set out to make the best use of the gift of this day that you can.
# 5 : They endure the pain.Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhereyou’re afraid to go. Maybe it’s going to hurt. Maybe it’s going to hurt because it matters, andbecause it expands your horizons. Remember, pain isn’t always a bad thing; sometimes it’sjust another step toward personal growth.
# 6 : They ignore the naysayers.Unless someone has walked in your shoes on the same path that you have traveled, and lived throughall of your ups and downs alongside you, they have no right to judge you. Unless they can look into thecore of your heart and see the degree of your passion, or look into the depths of your soul and see theextent of your will, then they have no business telling you who you are or what you can or can’t achieve. Everyone has a story. Everyone has unique gifts. Unless that someone is YOU, their opinion of you means nothing in the long run.
# 7 : They live through love.Every human thought, word, or deed is based on fear or love. Fear is the energy whichcontracts, closes down, draws in, hides, hoards, and harms. Love is the energy whichexpands, opens up, sends out, reveals, shares, and heals. The only question is: Whatchoice will you make today?
# 8 : They accept 100% responsibility for their currentsituation.The next five years can be the best five years of your life, or just another five years. The decisionis yours. The best part of your life will start on the day you decide your life is your own – no oneto lean on, rely on, or blame. It takes courage and strength, but you need to say it: “The gift oflife is mine, it is an amazing journey, and I alone am responsible for the quality of it.”
# 9 : They take action and plant the right seeds.Many great things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow.Take positive action and plant the right seeds in your life right now. Nature herself does notdistinguish between what seeds she receives. She grows whatever seeds are planted; thisis the way life works. Be mindful of the seeds you plant today, as they will become the crop you harvest in the future.
# 10 : They don’t lose themselves in the commotion.There are two things you shouldn’t waste your time on: things that don’t matter and peoplewho don’t think you matter. Remember, sometimes in the midst of all the commotion andnegativity swirling around, life will force you to make a choice between losing yourselfand losing someone or something else. Regardless of the situation, don’t lose yourself. Stay true to your path and keep moving forward.
# 11 : They appreciate what they have.Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find outlater that good was actually good enough and better never even came close. Stoplong enough to appreciate things. When you appreciate what you have, what youhave appreciates in value. When you truly appreciate your life, you’ll find that you have more of it to live.
# 12 : They make a positive difference.Let a person’s character be their currency and you will sadly find that a lot of rich peopleare actually bankrupt. Being the richest man or woman in the cemetery doesn’t matter;going to bed every night knowing that you’re making a positive deference in the worldis what matters.
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. -Zig ZiglarThank You Very MuchSompong Yusoontorn
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