As we progress into the new year, I would like to share with you the stories of two individuals I came across who declared themselves to be winners. They also had the chance to celebrate victory in the endeavors that they pursued. Were these declarations a key factor in having a direct effect upon the desired result? I can’t say but I don’t think it hurt!
The first person I shall discuss took the name “Captain Awesome” and was a participant in (of all things) a male beauty pageant that raised money for local area women’s charities. At his introduction for the ceremonies, he declared himself to be “awesome” and after engaging in competition with the other contestants in the various contest categories, he was declared the winner.
The next person whose story I would like to share is that of Ahn Hyun-soo, a speed skater from South Korea who went on to skate for Russia under the name Viktor Ahn. Why the name “Viktor”? During the Sochi Winter Olympics, it was revealed that one of the reasons he chose the name was because it referred to victory [1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Ahn ]. Now of course the mere changing of his name was not the sole reason for his Olympic success, Viktor Ahn also subjects himself to a colossal training regimen.
To add further to this concept, I would like to call your attention to the story of former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali. He was famous for his saying ” I’m the greatest!” Now he also trained intensively to achieve his level of success but he declared over and over that he was the greatest. He consistently implanted the seeds of greatness in his mind
. Ali, in addition to Viktor Ahn and “Captain Awesome” had winning mindsets.
So if you find yourself facing obstacles in the path to your success, start off by declaring yourself to be a winner! If you are not sure what area to declare yourself a winner in, declare yourself to be a winner in life. Declare yourself to be a winner in the area that you are striving for success. The more you believe something to be true, the closer you come to achieving your desired reality. To examine this mental technique further, I highly recommend that you read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. In this landmark publication, the author describes the visualization of an event in one’s mind and experiencing the feeling that comes as if it has actually happened. The thought of this can be hard to grasp at first but over the course of time it becomes easier. Think of this whenever you hear someone say “It’s as good as done,” or “It’s in the bag!”
See you in the Winner’s Circle!