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Community of Competitors: Enthusiasm is Contagious

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“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

Failure framed properly creates learning opportunities.  For each failure the competitor gains knowledge that will help them in a future competition.  This knowledge gained is what keeps the competitive heart beating.  The enthusiasm is what is required to continually attempt to use the knowledge gained from failures.

Winston Churchill provides a glimpse of success in noting that you must keep moving forward and learn from failure after failure and maintain your enthusiasm.  Applied to today’s society, many competitors personalize winning and losing as who they are.  The usual thought process or self-talk goes like this, “When I win, I am a winner.” Or “When I lose, I am a loser.”

To be a true competitor, this must be changed, a shift to understanding that competition is a learning opportunity, as Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski believes, “Each game is a checkpoint in our progress.”  When you have the Heart of a Competitor, you understand the competition is a method for gauging your progress.  Thus, the competition provides feedback that you can LEARN from, act upon, and come out improving upon.

The Heart of the Competitor maintains this view of learning from failure and can achieve success as quoted above by Winston Churchill, moving from failure to failure, knowing that we are learning, maintains our enthusiasm.  When we maintain our enthusiasm, we will achieve at a higher level.

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Community of Competitors: Find Your Purpose

Merriam-Webster defines the noun version of PURPOSE as the aim or goal of a person: what a person is trying to do, become.

Through the Heart of a Competitor, a purpose is being defined as a never-ending quest in what you are trying to become.  A purpose is not an end point, it is development rooted inside you.  Goals are set to provide a target; however, accomplishment of goals should never be an ending point.  All great competitors reach beyond their current capabilities and you are a great COMPETITOR, so push yourself beyond your current comfort level.  The progression is easy to be observed.  The first goal is to make the team, which progresses to pursuing a starting spot, leading to a desire to be recognized as an all-star, to being a perennial all-star, to pursuing Hall of Fame status.

While much of these accomplishments noted above are outcome-based accomplishments, out of a person’s control, it demonstrates the competitor’s focus on achieving at the highest level possible.

True purpose is about becoming the best person you can become.  Along the way, recognition and accomplishments will occur; however, they come from the world, where true purpose comes from within.

Choose to maintain your purpose at the center of your life and development.

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How 1 Man had Mental and Physical Toughness with Love

 

A competitor LOVES competition, ENJOYS development, and maintains a CONFIDENT mindset.

Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini is the picture of toughness, the model of the Heart of the Competitor.  Laura Hillenbrand detailed Mr. Zamperini’s trials, tribulations, and ultimate victory in her best seller, Unbroken.  Louis Zamperini was the quintessential mischievous troublemaker when he grew up in Southern California.  He had a knack for finding trouble, until he discovered running was a way to focus himself and let out his frustrations.

His running prowess led him to the University of Southern California (USC) where enjoyed overwhelming success on the track.  In 1936 Louis was a member of the United States Olympic team, participating in the 5,000-meter race.  He ended with an eighth place finished, but the amazing part of his race was his last lap of 56 seconds, an unheard of accomplishment at that time.

As the United States became involved in World War II, Louis was a member of a flight squad.  On May 27, 1943, he and his crew departed from their base in Hawaii; their plane struggled and crashed in the Pacific Ocean.  Louis was one of three crewmen who survived the crash and survived on two rafts, floating aimlessly through the Pacific Ocean, surviving on food they were able to catch.  One of the crewmen died as they were floating, while Louie and the other crewman were captured as they came to the Marshall Islands after floating for 47 days at seas.  They were interned as Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) Camp.  Louie endured physical and mental torture that is indescribable and inhumane.

Eventually, Louie Zamperini’s POW Camp was liberated and he returned to the United States.  He struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and overcame this through his Christian faith, to lead a long and productive life, becoming an inspirational speaker and impacting people all over the globe.

Question of the Day:

Pick out a skill that you can work on and improve.  Commit to doing something daily for the next 47 days to improve this skill.  Each morning you wake up, envision Louis Zamperini surviving on a raft in the Pacific.

The level of commitment toward achieving a goal increases, when you share your goal.  Leave a comment below sharing your commitment.  The Community of Competitors will support you in your progress and growth.

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Community of Competitors: Energy Creates Change

“Those who spend most of their energy “reacting to change” will do exactly that, expend most of their energy reacting to change. In a great twist of irony, those who bring about the most significant change in the world, those who have the largest impact on the economy and society, are themselves enormously consistent in their approach.”

– Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen Authors of Great by Choice

The Heart of a Competitor is a strong force that can lead an individual, family, team, and organization to great heights. Thus far, when discussing energy, the line has been drawn in making a choice between being a positive thinker and being a negative thinker. The choice can be made to establish positive thoughts in our lives. Even as this choice is made, the way of the world tugs at our energy, wanting to pull us back toward the negative.

To fight the negative way of the world, a consistent positive approach is imperative. Looking back at significant figures in history, they were consistent in their approach. Mohandas Gandhi himself is quoted as saying, “I am committed to truth, not consistency.” This quote exemplifies his consistent commitment to truth and equality. There is no argument that Gandhi had a large impact on society. Gandhi did not spend his energy reacting to change, he was consistently seeking truth, and in turn, he moved people to large changes in society.

 

Question of the Day:

What can you do today to maintain or establish consistency in your life, which will allow you to create change instead of reacting to change?

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Community of Competitors: Character

“In self-actualizing people, the work they do might better be called “mission,” “calling,” “duty,” “vocation,” in the priest’s sense. This mission in life is actually so identified with the self that it becomes as much a part of the worker as his liver or lungs. For the truly fortunate worker, the ideally enlightened worker to take away work (mission in life) would be almost equivalent to killing him.”

– Abraham Maslow, Author of Maslow on Management

Abraham Maslow was ahead of his time. As pictured above, he established Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a hierarchy in which a lower level must be met before moving on to the higher level. This quote lends focus to the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Self-Actualization. A self-actualizing person must have all of their lower level needs met.

The Heart of the Competitor establishes character that is defined by their mission or purpose. The Heart of the Competitor engrains their mission so deep within themselves, that it becomes part of their being. Maslow notes this as their work and labels them as a worker; however, he does not mention this as being their job.

Focus on your work and being a worker. The CHARACTER in the Heart of the Competitor is the mission of continued development to be the best you that you can become.

Question of the Day:

What is your MISSION/PURPOSE statement that will drive you on a daily basis?

I would love to hear what your mission or purpose is that drives you on a daily basis.  Share it with the Community of Competitors!!