Winners and losers are around us everyday.
Winners find a way to achieve their goals and losers find another excuse.
I can think of peers and people in my life that fall under both categories. Fortunately, I have recognized that you can influence and help people that fall in the middle however, you need to stay away from the LOSERS. Furthermore, I know that I have been happiest in my career and life when I am surrounded by positive and motivated people. My motivation for this blog is to identify winners so that you can get them on your team. If you have too many reps that are making excuses, this can be a cancer to a team and cause nonperformance. You want to surround your people with the best and brightest and set the expectation with the entire team the type of behavior that is encouraged and rewarded. Remember you goal is building a winning team.
Below are definitions from dictionary.com
a. A person or thing that wins
b. A person or thing that seems sure to win or succeed
a. person who has failed at a particular activity
b. Someone that is marked by consistently or thoroughly bad quality, performance, etc.
Here is a quote that I love to revisit when I’m thinking about people and their intentions, it is from an unknown source.
Winners Versus Losers
*The Winner is always part of the answer;
The Loser is always part of the problem.
*The Winner always has a solution;
The Loser always has an excuse.
*The Winner says, “Let me do it for you”;
The Loser says, “That is not my job.”
*The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.
*The Winner says, ” It may be difficult but it is possible”;
The Loser says, “It may be possible but i t is too difficult.”
* When a Winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong”;
When a Loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.”
*A Winner makes commitments;
A Loser makes promises.
*Winners have dreams;
Losers have schemes.
*Winners say, “I must do something”;
Losers say, “Something must be done.”
* Winners are a part of the team;
Losers are apart from the team.
* Winners see the gain;
Losers see the pain.
* Winners see possibilities;
Losers see problems.
*Winners believe in win-win;
Losers believe for them to win someone has to lose.
*Winners see the potential;
Losers see the past.
*Winners are like a thermostat;
Losers are like thermometers.
*Winners choose what they say;
Losers say what they choose.
*Winners use hard arguments but soft words;
Losers use soft arguments but hard words.
*Winners stand firm on values but compromise on petty things;
Losers stand firm on petty things but compromise on values.
*Winners follow the philosophy of empathy: “Don’t do to others what you would not want them to do to you”;
Losers follow the philosophy, “Do it to others before they do it to you .”
*Winners make it happen;
Losers let it happen.
*Winners plan and prepare to win.
Please share your thoughts on winners vs. losers and how to find and retain a winning team.