Winners versus losers

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No matter how good of a day I have had, when I am at the airport and it is time for boarding, they make me feel like a loser! It goes something like this:

“First, we would like to board our Elite, Platinum, and Superstar members. Please, everyone, clear the aisles to allow these truly special people direct access to the boarding gate. After all, these individuals are the cream of the crop, the best that society can offer, so we all need to treat them with the respect due them. Next, we’ll board our Gold members, our First-Class passengers, and any VIP in the gate area. Don’t forget, we have a uniformed officer and judge in the area to ensure that no one enters the gate that does not belong to this amazing group. After that, those of you that haven’t quite made it in life yet – you Silver members, airline employees, and anyone that does not drive a convertible sports car – may board. Please, do not rush or crowd that special group boarding ahead of you! Finally, after all of those passengers have safely boarded, the rest of you – those with zero status that matters to us – can come aboard. At this airline, we refer to you folks as beginners, has-beens, and wanna-bees. In short, you folks are losers. But, even losers deserve a chance to fly occasionally. So, when the coast is clear, we’ll let you scramble for a seat and overhead space.”

Have you ever felt that way? Then again, most of you are probably in one of those first few groups.

Isn’t it amazing how people (or society) judges individuals as either winners or losers? Despite this, I think we all know that there is a difference in individuals that have a winning attitude and approach to work or life versus those that always see themselves as losers, no matter the circumstances. We need to be winners! We need to all have a winning attitude. I thought it would be helpful to include a few quotes that help differentiate individuals with a winning approach to life versus those that do not.

1. “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – B. C. Forbes

2. “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” – Denis Waitley

3. “Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.” – Denis Waitley

4. “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.” – Lou Holtz

5. “I have to introduce the part of me that feels like a winner to the part of me convinced I’m a loser, and see if they can’t agree to exist somewhere closer to the middle.” ― Lauren Graham

6. “Failures sit around and wait for good things to come to them; winners work until good things happen to them, and still continue to work.” ― Edmond Mbiaka

So, do these quotes about winners exemplify you and your approach? I think being a winner is a choice. How can we shift our thinking to one of action, of confidence, and of perseverance? Where are you today in the boarding gate of life? How about let’s jump to the head of the line?

Thanks for all you do! Let’s have a terrific day!

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