Years ago, I used to waste time playing computer games. I used to say God was speaking to me. Probably trying to tell me that I have played them long enough. During those days, I didn’t accomplish much, because I didn’t know what I should be doing. Believe me, when you’re clueless about what you should be doing, there is nothing for you to accomplish.
I could tell you that I’ve stopped playing computer games. That’s far from the truth. I will never stop playing them, but I can’t play them all day long. I have to have balance in my life, because now I have some things to accomplish. Computer games were a legitimate excuse for me not to do what I know I needed to be doing, or possibly I was just too afraid to do them. If there is such a thing as a legitimate excuse, because when you are just wasting away time, there is no excuse.
My time was wasted, because I was clueless about what I wanted to do. So, it was easier to deceive myself into thinking that those computers games were really teaching me something. At that time, I was somewhat delusional. Looking back, they actually were teaching me some things.
Any game you play you have to have a strategy to win. You have to be strategic or you are just aimlessly playing a game. If you never take time to know how to strategically play the game, you are just wasting away a lot of time. Regardless of the games I play, I am always trying to figure out the nuances of the game that will enable me to win.
Every game has a strategy. Even the game of life has a strategy. Each of us must figure out what is the strategy to win. Interestingly enough, many of the rules for winning has been given to you. We have an awesome playbook that provides precise instructions. Unfortunately, the majority of us don’t take time to actually read and learn the plays.
Plans, goals, objectives, strategies and tactical maneuvers, even in our lives, are what makes winners. Diligence play a critical role in your success. You see, all those hours I wasted playing games, I was developing a skill called diligence. Every day I played those games, I learned how to win. Although in many instances I was playing against myself, I would meticulously assess each play that computer made. This enabled me to win when I played humans, because my diligence in playing them every day enabled me to discover the strategies to win.
The game of life is no different. Diligence, perseverance, consistency, determination and relentlessness are the cornerstones to winning. When you make a commitment to win, you also make a commitment to do what you need every day to win. Winning is not an overnight sensation, nor does it suddenly happens. Winning is a very methodical approach. Ask any Olympic gold medalist.
They became winners the day they made a conscious decision to do whatever it takes to win. Regardless of the sacrifices, they were willing to endure in becoming an Olympic gold, silver or bronze medalist.
For every business, career, book or whatever your heart’s desire, you make the decision to win when you make the commitment to put in the time. If you don’t put in the time, you won’t experience the win. Most people want the dime, but don’t want to put in the time. If you do the time, you will receive the dime.
You have to plan to win, or you plan to fail. This is what I learned from all those hours of playing computer games.
- Steadfast diligence in doing what is needed every day pays off big time. The only way I mastered the games, I played every single day. I master my life by waking up every day to play to win.
- It forced me to analyze my strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies for my life that causes me to win every time. In doing so, I am able to know what works and what doesn’t work for me.
- Every lost, or failure, taught me how to be a better winner. I didn’t just lose, but I analyzed the lost, took what I needed to win and tossed the rest that would prevent me from winning.
- Appreciate and value my competitor. Without the competitor of the computer, I would not know how to win. I took advantage of its ability to beat me, until I learned how to beat it. I learned by watching what the computer did and eventually I began to employ those same strategies. Eventually, I won more than I lost. I use that same philosophy in the marketplace. I learn from others by analyzing best practices and using them in becoming a winner.
- I needed to stop playing computer games and win at life. I came to realize that for me to be successful, I had to get into the game with determination and a commitment to my vision, goals and strategies. I could not be clueless anymore about what I wanted to accomplish, but I had to have a clear vision with a well thought out plan for me to be a true winner.
Do you plan to win? What strategies are you employing? What are you doing every day to be that winner?
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