The Athlete With the Brain Wins
“I’m not just a runner; I’m a champion.” – Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan was one of the greatest athletes ever. His skills were so great that he could win any game he played in. He won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, two Olympic gold medals (1992 Summer Games), four scoring titles (three times) and six MVP awards. He was named the best player in the world five times.
He had a winning attitude from the very beginning of his professional basketball career. When he first started playing professionally, he didn’t have much money but still managed to make it big thanks to hard work and determination. He never took himself too seriously even when things weren’t going well for him at all. After all, he was only 23 years old!
Jordan’s winning attitude was something that helped him succeed in every aspect of his life. He made millions of dollars, lived a luxurious lifestyle and enjoyed many other things without being bothered by anything. His success was due to his ability to stay positive no matter how bad things got.
In the same way, you can become successful if you don’t take yourself too seriously or get frustrated easily. The secret is enjoying what you do and staying positive throughout the entire process. Don’t get me wrong, it will not be easy. You may face many obstacles in your way to success.
But if you really want something, you need to stay focused on it no matter what.
Let’s take a look at how you can improve your own winning attitude and start feeling more comfortable about yourself and your abilities.
1. You’re never too old to start over
Oscar De La Hoya has had a very successful career during his lifetime. He won ten world titles in six different weight classes and is still one of the most famous boxers in the world. Most of us would sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor after accomplishing so much in their lives.
But not De La Hoya. When he turned thirty, he decided to start his professional boxing career all over again even though he was already one of the best boxers in the world. He wanted to relive the same challenges and struggles he faced when he first started out as a professional boxer.
He wanted to stay motivated and enjoy the feeling of becoming successful all over again. And that’s exactly what he did. He challenged himself like he did when he was a younger man and won!
You’re never to old to start a new career or challenge yourself in some way. If you have the desire to become successful again, then you should do it now. Don’t wait another day!
2. Start Setting Goals
“If you’re not setting goals, you’re wasting your time.” – Tupac Shakur
Have you ever wondered why some people succeed more than others?
Well, it comes down to having a clear vision of what you want your future to be. Successful people know where they’re going in life and what they want to do along the way. They have goals and they take steps to accomplish them every single day.
If you don’t have any goals in mind, then it would be best if you start setting some now. Think about your future and what you want to accomplish in life. If you need some help coming up with a few ideas, then think about the following questions:
What do you want to be doing in five years?
Where do you see yourself living in ten years?
Do you want to have children? If so, then how many and when?
Who do you want to meet and date in the next few years?
What is your ideal job/career?
Don’t limit yourself and your goals. If you can dream it, then go for it. And remember, even the impossible is possible with hard work and determination!
3. Surround Yourself With Positive People
“You are the average of the five people you associate with most.” – Jim Rohn
It might surprise you to hear this, but you are who you hang out with. Your friends and the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis have a direct impact on who you become. If your friends are lazy, unsuccessful slobs, chances are you’re going to become just like them. On the other hand, if you hang out with hard working, motivated people, then you’ll become just like them instead.
It’s not even necessarily something you’re always aware of on a conscious level either. Our personalities and who we are sometimes just naturally reflects the people we hang out with most often.
So if you want to improve yourself and become successful, then start hanging out with positive people who are where you want to be in life.
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