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What It Takes To Be A Winner

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Recently, I attended a basketball game that ended up teaching me quite a lesson. I went to the game fully expecting to see the home team play circles around the visiting squad. After all, the home team had great players, several of whom were all-star material. They were coached by a well-respected, talented man who had coached his team for many years. The team had enjoyed a long history of success. This particular game that I attended was a crucial one for this team. It was the last scheduled regular season game and would determine where this team would be in the play-offs. Because they had played such a great season and racked up a great many wins they felt certain they would receive great positioning for the play-offs. All they needed to do was beat the visiting team in this last game. That was going to be a piece of cake because the visiting team did not have any superior players on the roster nor did they possess a very good record coming into this game. No problem, right? As it turned out, it was a big problem. For while my team brought an abundance of talent to this exhibition, the other team brought heart, commitment and sheer determination. In the end, it was those qualities that won the game.

While I was disappointed in the results of that game, I was more disappointed to realize that my team was lacking some very important components to a true champion. It was a good lesson for me. Played out before my very eyes was the concept that you do not necessarily have to be the biggest, the fastest, the smartest, or the strongest to get the job done. You do have to be the most committed and the most determined. You have to believe in yourself and push with all you have to achieve your goals whether they be in sports, in business or just life in general. You have to win the mind game before you can win the actual game. Once you do that, the sky is the limit.

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