If you want to succeed in life, business, or sports, it’s not enough just to want to win. You need a game plan. You need a process that will equip you with the skills and knowledge that are needed for success.
In this article, we’ll be exploring what it takes to become a winner by following the 10-step process of preparation.
Step 1. Desire
What you desire is more important than what you dream or wish or hope for. The first step in winning is to know what you truly want. Do you want to be the best? Do you want success? Do you want to impact the world with your message? Are you willing to fight for it and do whatever it takes? Once this is clear, then it’s time to move on to the other steps in preparation. If this is not clear, then nothing else matters because we are not even close to having a solid game plan in place.
Step 2: Belief
Your belief system will determine your level of success or failure in life. You need to believe in something or someone greater than yourself. Your belief system will help you endure and persevere when the going gets tough in your preparation process.
Step 3: Knowledge
Without knowledge, wisdom will not follow. Wisdom and knowledge are synonymous with each other (Knowledge = Wisdom = Power). Knowledge is critical to winning because it gives you the power to make decisions and execute strategies that lead you to success. The more knowledge that you have in any area of life, the more empowered you will be to win the game of life itself. The question is… What do you know?
Step 4: Wisdom
Wisdom gives you proper direction on how to use your knowledge for maximum effect. You can know a lot of things, but if you don’t have the wisdom to properly apply that knowledge (i.e. when to use it, where to use it, how much to use) then it will not be the best use of your knowledge.
Step 5: Plan
Winning isn’t something that just happens by chance. It doesn’t happen spontaneously or without planning ahead. Without planning ahead, you may end up going in the wrong direction entirely and never realize it until you’ve wasted too much time and energy trying to figure out why you’re not reaching your desired destination. You need a plan.
Step 6: Practice
The best way to get ready for your “game” is to practice. Practice makes perfect. Even if you feel that you’re already a “master” at what you do, it’s always good to have a refresher course or “game day” in order to make sure that the things that you’ve learned still apply today. If they don’t, then it’s time to learn some new tricks and/or improve upon the old ones that will still work today.
Step 7: Execution
It’s not enough just to have a good plan. You need to execute that plan and put it into action if you want to see the desired results. It’s like a game of chess. If you have a great strategy in place, but then you never execute it well on the board, then what good is all of that knowledge? None at all.
Step 8: Perseverance
Winning is not a “sprint.” You can’t just start running and expect to win the race right away. You have to run through the finish line until you accomplish what you set out to do. If you know that there will be obstacles ahead and it won’t be easy, then it’s time to gear up for a fight that will require perseverance. This is where most people get injured or quit because they don’t have the endurance or determination to push through.
Step 9: Reflection
Everyone faces mistakes, failures, and setbacks in life and in business. How you handle these situations will determine whether or not you succeed in the long run. The best way to handle them is by learning every lesson that you can from the setback, then applying what you’ve learned so that you won’t make the same mistakes again.
Step 10: Learning
Never stop learning. As soon as you think that you know it all, then you’ll stop growing and improving and then you’ll end up falling behind the rest of the pack. You must always be in a constant state of learning if you want to stay at the top of your game in any area of life.
Throughout my life I have had the opportunity to meet many different people and I’ve found that most people want to win, but they really don’t want it bad enough.
The 10 steps to winning is a simple roadmap that many are aware of, yet many people do not understand the importance of or how to apply it properly. If all of us were as successful in life as we could be, then perhaps there wouldn’t be so many struggling individuals out there. I wish more people could understand this and hope that my efforts can help someone else out there become “successful” in life the way that I am.
This 10-step process can also be applied to many areas of life including as a student, employee, athlete, entrepreneur, business owner, speaker, trainer/coach, etc.