Choose to Win
Have you ever noticed how it seems that some people simply seem to win more than others? Some people seem to struggle month after month, year after year regardless of situation, economy, or circumstance. While they continue to struggle a select few seem to find a way to win time and time again in the same given situations. Why is this?
Winning is a choice. Every person that wins consistently over time has made a choice to be a winner. They have decided to win no matter what it takes. They’ve made a conscious choice to identify performance gaps within themselves first and foremost, and then within the team they lead if they are leading other people.
Realize that winning begins with you, nobody else. Winning comes down to operating at a higher and different level than most of the people around you. I’m not trying to be judgmental here. Just take a look around you at society and the levels of passion, energy, and excitement that the general public operates at in their daily activities, both personally and professionally.
More often than not we find people living their lives with any form of passion from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and then going through the motions the rest of the time. This is no way to live. I don’t care if it’s “normal”, it’s insane.
Recently, the lovely Christy and I were at an outdoor barbeque on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. About three o’clock one person said, “Oh man, bring on the Monday blues.” Wow, read that statement again and think about the energy that brings to the week ahead for this guy. That wasn’t the worst though, after he made his statement several others chimed in with agreement statements regarding how crappy things were going to in the week to come, beginning right then mentally, even though we were still enjoying the barbeque!
I’m not attempting to live my life with my head in the sand. I’m not encouraging you to skip realizing when you have real challenges that need attention or when your emotional energy isn’t at its peak. I want us all to realize that this choosing to win while living with passion is one of the slight edge differences between the people we see winning consistently and those that continue to find struggle after struggle.
Winners choose differently. One of the areas we spend a lot of time on when we train technicians at our schools is the importance of choosing to win. We all know the top performing techs “get the best calls”, right? (Laugh out loud) Every company we go into and every school of technicians we train, there is confirmation that this is an overall perception regardless of what management does in an attempt to minimize this belief.
As managers and dispatchers can tell you, generally “spoon feeding” calls is not the case, but invariably some techs simply seem to create positive results more often than others regardless of call time, type, or location. Why is this? They have chosen a winning mindset! Top performing technicians have goals and they make a conscious choice every day when they put on that uniform that they will win.
Winning is a function of habit. Making a conscious choice to win doesn’t mean we won’t face adversity and have challenges along the way. You’ll be hard pressed to find a team that wins a championship in any sport at any level that didn’t lose some games throughout the course of the season. That same philosophy applies to us. When we lose short term though, we must make sure to keep ourselves in a winning mindset.
The great Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”