"Recently somebody said, "Hey, you lost weight," and I said, "Yeah, thirty-five pounds and three and a half billion dollars." So I'm quite a bit lighter and more flexible than I was."
--- John Malone
Losing is not what we set out to do each day. We don't jot down on our to-do list, "Lose money today." No, we try not to even think about losing, but just the opposite. If we are loyal to our business and to the company mission, we strive for winning at every turn. Losing is a four-letter word to us and doesn't even hold a place in our daily vocabulary. Our inner voice chant is "Win, win, win."
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
-- Vince Lombardi
But repeating, "I'm a winner," over and over and preserving a positive mental attitude are only a fraction of the winning equation. Thinking winning and visualizing it is just the start; there has to be a concrete plan of action in place to actually make progress toward goals of winning.
Without plans, positive mental attitude becomes wishful thinking and the visualization is simply daydreaming. Both tools are important, but can only work alongside big, hairy audacious goals and plans. Without them it is easy to get bogged down with "ifs" and "buts." Like a friend of mine once said, "Around here, if 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, everyday would be Christmas."
"The only way of making money is for effort. The only time I've ever lost money is when I've purposely said, "I'm doing this to make money." And I've actually on three occasions lost significant sums. I have made wealth when I've actually made a contribution to something, when I've done something I thought I could do better than somebody else or have done something better than somebody else does it."
--- Kerry Stokes
As we've discussed several times here, if your main focus is to make money, you may succeed in the short run. But if your business' goals and plans are to provide quality service or products, to the best of your ability, with integrity, then the money will follow and follow for a long time. Choosing winning over losing requires a mindset for benefitting others.
"I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know."
--- Colonel Sanders
Choosing to win is probably what we all think we are doing everyday, but there are times when our thought process, our attitude, and our actions say otherwise. When we don't make a vow to ourselves, our team members, and our customers that we want to be the best at what we do, we are choosing or settling for losing.
As we all know from school sports, childhood competitions, or simply taking school tests, losing is not fun. We don't have to lose though if we make a choice to win in all we do beginning today. Winning is not just beating the competition, but it is so much more. It is winning over a new customer, winning at providing great service, or winning at training a new employee. It is having a persistent, consistent winning attitude.
"The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams."
--- Og Mandino
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