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It was a tough final match between traditional rivals in a popular sport. To their die-hard fans in the jampacked stadium, both teams tried their level best to win the game, but only one would be declared winner in the end. When the captain of the winning team was asked to say something during the awarding, he said, ''It was a great effort by the entire team. We did well, but we still have improvements to make. It goes to show that hard work pays off.'' Interestingly, when asked again what their next target was after being declared world No. 1, the captain replied that they always consider themselves No. 2 so they would never stop improving.
What an interesting philosophy which truly describes a champion's mindset and hunger for success.
Whatever position, title, fortune, power, knowledge and status in life you have achieved so far, think of the No. 1 slot as perpetually empty so you have room for improvement and keep striving to achieve that position. Whatever level of success you have achieved now, remember that it carries a bigger margin for you to develop and grow further.
I love to listen what the champions have to say when they lose a game. When faced with defeat, they usually reply in a pacific manner, ''It's only a game. We will be back. We will learn from this and focus on the next game. We will do whatever it takes to win.''
Have you felt the positivity in such statements? Champions do not blame their coach, the weather, crowd, noise or media for their defeat. They take full responsibility for their failures, learn from their mistakes and take better steps next time. This is the reason why they succeed in becoming champions again.
From today, practise speaking the language of champions. Start the transformation process so you achieve greatness in any domain you choose.
• Winners focus their energy on situations they can control
• They shake off losses and start at what can be done next
• Always step up and ask what value you can add to the team
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company