The Will To Win

How much do you want to win? Do you go into every situation believing you can and will win? How much are you willing to give in order to achieve your goals? And this is the important part for you to decide – no one else can make this decision for you. How much will you sacrifice? What is it worth for you to be the best? What will you give to win?

One thing I see written time and again about Cristiano Ronaldo is how hard he works. First to be at training and the last to leave. He trains like a machine. He clearly has exceptional talent, but what has kept him at the top for so long is his incredible work rate. The other thing about Ronaldo is that he cries when he loses. It’s a genuine shock to him. He doesn’t expect to lose, and to be honest, with his work rate and ability, why would he expect to lose? But it’s not just his work, it’s the influence he has on others which was on full display at the Euro 2016 Championships when he played a huge part in Portugal’s win, even without being on the field.

But here, once again is the kicker. Although he works relentlessly to be the best player and the best leader he can  be, he doesn’t work to win, he works to improve. It is his desire to win that drives constant improvement and increased performance. His focus is on being better than he was yesterday, a little stronger, a bit faster, and continually improving in some way or another. Winning is the fuel and the outcome, but it comes about not through practicing to win, but through practicing to improve.

Here are the three takeaways for today:

1 – Winning isn’t the problem. Allowing self-esteem and value to be judged by winning, that’s the problem.

2 – We should never feel good about losing in sport. We should want to win every time we hit the field of play. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t take positives when we lose.

3 – How far we go in life, no matter what we do, is completely dependent on how much we give up to make it happen.

A desire to win is a great thing. However, we need to make sure our drive is to internal and improves us, and not external for the trophies. If we allow our need to win trophies take over, it isn’t long before an asterisk is placed next to our name and spoken alongside names like Tonya Harding, Lance Armstrong, the Deflatriots, and Diego Maradona.

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