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4 Signs You are Playing to Win

winSporting events are a great microcosm of the games we all play. So we can take some great lessons away from them.



One of those lessons is playing to win. Now you may be thinking that this seems kind of silly. You may be asking, “Doesn’t everybody play to win?”

The answer is a resounding “No”!

The underdog syndrome

Have you ever watched a team that wasn’t “supposed” to win? They were the underdogs.

But they get the lead. They may be as surprised as everybody else. And that’s when it happens …

They stop playing to win; they start playing to “not lose”.

Is there a difference? The answer to that question is a bigg “Yes”!

Just like great teams, we need to play to win if we’re going to win bigg. Here are 4 traits of people who play to win:

Make winning your goal

This may sound crazy to you at first. But bear with us.

Many people start out with a goal of winning. But as they inch closer and closer to the success they desire, their goal changes. They’re doing better than they ever imagined. So they get nervous. Their goal shifts to “not losing”.

It’s not a conscious thing. But you can see it in their actions, in their faces, and in their demeanor. And it’s ironic – the more they try not to lose, the more likely they are to lose.

Put yourself on the edge

You’ll never succeed bigg if you don’t take some risks.

But what if you’re winning the game? Some people stop taking the risks that brought them so far.

They become too risk-averse, thinking that playing it conservative will help them preserve their lead.

It’s true that, by definition, taking a risk doesn’t always pay off. But never taking a risk will never pay off!

You have to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to make mistakes. Learn from them. Recover from them. And keep playing to win!

Be confident you will win

Some people think they can win. Winners know they will win!

Even when things aren’t going their way, they’re not troubled. They keep playing the game they came to play.

Sure, they’ll make some adjustments. They may change up their offense – or their defense – or both. But they keep on pushing.

There is no doubt they’re going to win. It’s just a matter of time!

Get in “the zone”

People who win don’t think; they do.

They do what they’ve prepared to do. Their body, mind, and spirit all reach a state of “flow” because they are thoroughly prepared.

They go through the motions, but they aren’t just going through the motions. These motions flow up from deep within them because they’ve mastered their game.

Meanwhile, the people who are playing to “not lose” are busy thinking. Their self-talk isn’t the same as the people playing to win.

They’re worrying about mistakes. They’re punishing themselves every time something doesn’t go their way. They’re over-thinking and over-reacting.

So how does the game usually end?
People who play to win … win. They become a bigg success!


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Next time, we’ll extend this theme: Losers focus on money; winners focus on _____. Please join us next time when we’ll fill in the blank. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!


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