In his article, Lessons from Consistent Winners, Philip Humbert discusses the question: “Why do some people win time after time, while others work just as hard but never seem to ‘put it all together’?” His response to this is that while talent or aptitude play a role in success, those who continually succeed do so because they have a system that they consistently use to win.
- First, they get very (VERY!) clear about exactly what they want. They picture their desired outcome in precise detail. They never set out to make “more” money. Instead, they set out to “make $25,000 this month.” Some people call this visualization; others call it an affirmation. The key is that winners know what they want and they picture it in detail, all day long, every day, in advance, until it becomes their reality.
- Second, winners use precise “cognitive systems.” That means they have clear strategies, they think carefully, rationally and continuously about the problem and their desired solution. They research and ask experts for help.
They invest in education, skills, tools and resources to put the odds in their favor. They are passionate and can be emotional, but when it comes to winning, they are calm, cool, and collected. They are good, clear thinkers.
- Third, winners use their “Personal Eco-Systems™” to improve their chances for success. There’s a reason Thomas Edison virtually lived in his lab. There’s a reason Martha Stewart is so elegant, even in her garden. There’s a reason writers surround themselves with books and hang out with other writers. Winning athletes watch films, they study and memorize the stats of their heroes. Surround yourself with an environment that makes it hard to fail!
- Fourth, winners work harder than losers. You may not like this, but winners work very, very hard. They practice. They study. They sacrifice and make hard choices. They are the first ones to work in the morning and the last ones to leave at night. Based on their visualizations, their carefully-thought-out strategies, and supported by the environment they’ve created, they take massive ACTION.
Vince Lombardi once said: “Winning is not a sometime 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 a habit.” Make your system your habit. Go beyond your awesome gifts of talent and aptitude. Use your system and be that beautiful, consistent winner who changes the world. Life is so very good!
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!