For you to be more, you must become more
What is the spirit of a champion, and how does one obtain this spirit? I think today
people want to succeed, but they expect to fail. A champion's spirit does not expect to
fail. A champion will go the extra mile to guarantee success. Do you have a champion's
Attitude is the main thing in obtaining a Champion's Spirit. The longer I live, the more I
realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is
more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than
failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important
than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a group, or a home.
The remarkable thing is you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will
embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people
will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is
play on the one string we have, our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens
to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, you are in charge of your attitude.
A Basketball player was discussing his career. He had lost over 200 games. He had
missed over 9000 shots. Twenty six times he had the opportunity to take the game
winning shot and had lost the game. You would think not that these were the statistics of
Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players ever, but they are. It is not important
the number of times you lose the game or miss the target. What is important is that we
continue to strive after we lose or miss the mark.
Many management seminars train on the basis of establishing personal development first,
then business development and last the rewards of development. Personal development
can be summarized as;
"To be more, you must become more".
Many people claim that if they received a job promotion or a pay increase their production
would increase. You must produce more than you are paid or the company you work for
cannot stay in business. For your pay to increase, your production must have already
increased. For you to be more, in promotions or pay, you must become, or produce,
more. People, who never do more than they are paid for, will never earn more than they
Story is told of a man sawing down a tree. Stranger came by and noted that if he would
stop and sharpen his saw he could get more accomplished. Man answered, I do not have
time, I have to get this logged sawed.