Character & Mental Toughness- In Defense of Winning

In Defense of Winning


Some people say winning and losing doesn’t matter, but I can never understand that, because to me, anyone can be a loser.  Anyone can sit on the couch with chip crumbs on their shirt or hang on the street corner and give into temptation and become a loser.  Anyone can not try hard and lose.  Anyone can not lift weights or not work up a sweat in practice.  Anyone can lose focus at a critical moment or even fear trying at all.

Likewise, anyone can talk about being a winner.  It takes effort to earn the title of winner. It takes effort to set and maintain a winning standard for yourself and those around you.  It takes effort to truly set yourself apart and truly be a winner.

The only thing standing between your personal victory and defeat is what YOU decide on a daily basis. Are you acting like a winner or have you been a loser?  The more winners we have, the more successful we will be as a team.  The more you learn how to win, the more successful you will be in life.  Win in the classroom, win in the weight room, win on the practice field, win in games, and you will learn how to win in any situation for the rest of your life.

Are you establishing the habits of being a winner or establishing the habits of being a loser?  Whether you realize it or not, that is what you are doing on a daily basis every day of your young life.  You will someday reap the rewards for your efforts or pay the consequences for your lack of direction, lack of effort, lack of discipline; lack of character.

If you want to be a winner the steps are simple.  Set positive goals, put forth great effort to achieve them, and then be disciplined to work hard when you would rather be doing something else.

Every day you make a hundred decisions, which will determine whether you will be a winner or a loser in life.  Those decisions are steps taken either down the road of winning or down the road of losing.  Every day you will have an excuse or justification available for being a loser.  Everyday there will be a chance to take the easy way and slip further down the road of being a loser.  Every day you decide which one you will be in a hundred little ways.

The path toward being a winner is not an easy one.  The winning road is paved in sweat and pain and sometimes tears.  It is a difficult decision to become committed to being a winner. Take the easy way and you will be not only be a loser, but you will be faced inevitably with a much harder journey through life.

The road back from losing is even more difficult than the initial road toward winning. You will regret your decisions and you will only come to wish you had a chance to make those decisions again because the road to being a loser is easy, as it’s all downhill, but the life of the loser is hard.

Take the difficult path toward winning and you will be thankful.  You will be a winner. The sweat and tears and pain that you will have endured will be for something good that you will have earned that will keep with you for the rest of your life.  While you will have your moments of failure because you are human, in the end you will learn to fight to win and your victories will outnumber your losses.  In the end you will know you are a winner.

You can find examples of winners and losers in your school, your community, in your country, in each sport, in History and in your life.  All of those people started out just like you.  Some started out a little better off; smarter maybe or with more ability.  But some started off with much less than you find yourself with today.

Each of those people made a hundred decisions a day during their young lives which has led them to where they are today.  Today they are either winners or losers.  Tomorrow you will either be a winner or a loser.  The decision is yours and you made it a hundred times already today.  The test is to ask this simple question on a daily basis….have I gotten better today?


About coachbillmoore

Educator/Author/Speaker/HS & NCAA Coach Character Coach Read Coach Moore’s book “On Character and Mental Toughness” Paperback available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. "The measure of your character and mental toughness is the space between what you are doing and what you could be doing." -Coach Bill Moore
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