A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. ~
Billie Jean King
Every one of us likes to be recognized for our efforts and deeds. Perhaps not necessarily by elaborate recognitions, awards and titles being endowed upon us, but certainly by means of appreciation, respect, acknowledgement, gratitude and love for the things we do. Some of us may do things expecting nothing in return, and do things for our own personal or spiritual satisfaction, while others may set out to accomplish great things because they believe in its value and purpose. But then there are those who do things to be the best in whatever they choose to do.
The great winners who become inspirational heroes, guiding light for others to follow and accomplish the unthinkable are those who combine all of these three qualities and values towards one determined purpose. To win and be the best of the best!
It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner. ~ Vince Lombardi
Every fighter, sportsman, politician, writer, activist, actor, or anyone from any walk of life who has done something great and is being regards as an inspirational figure demonstrated the same qualities of these three kids of people combined in accomplishing what every they set out to do. They believed in their purpose, yearned for the respect and appreciation of their peers, aligned their personal and spiritual goals, and strived to be the best they can every be in what the intend to do.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The most wonderful thing that comes out of a combination of such qualities is Courage and Determination. Both of which are supremely essential for one to persistently face, and overcome each and every hardships, obstacles, deviating forces, confusion, delays, frustrations, failures, exhaustion, fatigue and losses. For the road to success entails all of these aspects regardless of your objective and final goal. It is inevitable for one to question these numerous challenges along the way, but to get to the top a true winner doesn’t stop to ask “why?” but rather chooses to ask “why not?” Because, once you win and get to the top, it is only the hard knocks and the harsh lessons you experienced along the way that gives you the wisdom, humility, balance, and character that others find inspiring.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ~ Michael Jordan
The fighter in the ring consistently and strategically beats and breaks down the opponents’ body every round after round. While he is doing so, the opponent is simultaneously doing the same to him. Both keep going at each other till each other’s body breaks down in the most excruciating of pain. They both finally reach at the verge of collapsing. It is at that very point in the fight, the true winner emerges. After the total breakdown of physical power, the true fighter while lying down, gathers his will, courage and determination, (mind over body) and gets back on his feet. It is in that moment where he goes above and beyond the will, determination and courage of his opponent that he wins the fight. But in that very moment where he experiences the pain, and agony of his body, he realizes the strength, might and power of his adversary. Thus he becomes humble, forgets the prefight hatred, expresses his respect and gratitude to his opponent and gains the respect and adulations of his peers and fans alike.
Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place. ~ Lance Armstrong
Several people face their share of battles in life. Some of us choose greater ones to fight. Hopefully these battles are of worthy and noble purposes. But where many of us fail is often at the last round. Where you need your will, determination, and courage to take over your body and stand up. We face several challenges and fight them all until the last round. It is in that very moment our choice in action determines if we will be a winner or not. And it is right there where the experience gained through all the hardships faced along the way, calls upon your wisdom. The only thing that stands between you and the winner in you is YOU! Your choice, will, courage and determination!
Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all 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