Did you ever wonder what makes a winner different from others? It is about making the right choices to create a positive outcome. Those choices will determine your future.
Whether you are top of the class or the bottom or somewhere in between, it doesn’t matter. Your attitude determines your outcome period. It’s your choice to either learn how to have the attitude of a winner or not.
Take the opportunity to get on the right track – make your assessment and decide if the benefits outweigh the potential losses of not taking action:
1. Where will you be 10 years from now?
A true winner decides in advance to earn a certain type of income, have the job of their dreams, get higher education or not, and everything else they can think of. The point is to decide in advance.
2. Imagine an interview for employment, which requires certain academics.
How will you feel if you want the job but don’t have the qualifications? Key ingredients include maintaining focus of your objectives while creating a plan and a regular pace to reach them. In order to make that a reality there are a number of contributing factors that can make or break you and all the while external influences can be your biggest enemy. So to begin with look inward and start communicating with yourself; know who you are and what you want. Ignore what others think or plan for you unless you want it too.
ATTITUDE KEYS = Work on improving your attitude
1. To achieve the best results try to balance your lifestyle.
a. Take up ‘physical exercise’ fitness training.
b. Eat a healthy balanced diet (Never skip meals).
c. Aim for a stable weight based on your height and build. By being healthier your alertness and concentration will make enhancements while studying, thus contributing to improved performance.
2. Balance personal lifestyle with education.
a. Make sure you have FREE time to stay in balance with your work time.
b. Focus on your objectives and do not fall prey to other people’s problems.
c. Participate wholeheartedly in studies while at school. By concentrating on yourself, you will find it easier to keep up with the rest of the group, and excel.
3. Work on anti-stress (self-awareness promotes a calmer, better you).
a. Breathing and balancing exercises promote strength and inner calmness to achieve positive results. There are breathing exercises in this book and other brain balancing exercises too. See the chapter by Goldstein and the Dennisons.
1. Start by taking a few minutes to release the stress and glide into this transition at ease.
a. Sit or stand in a relaxed position.
b. Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to five in your head.
c. Let the air out from your mouth (don’t hold it), counting to eight in your head as it leaves your lungs. Repeat several times. That’s it!
2. Take the next challenge.
Breathe in and hold your breath double the amount of counts that you exhale. So if you hold for 10 you will breathe out 5. This continues until you still feel comfortable but challenged. Feel your lungs open up and a sense of spiritual peace will flow through your body. By spending several minutes performing these exercises every day your lungs will become expanded and a sense of well being will fill your body. The why behind the ATTITUDE keys is to provide a straightforward approach that will create the power from within to achieve greatness.
5 short statements to define the attitude of a winner:
- Aim for perfection.
- Time conscious effectiveness.
- Analyze and think.
- Passionate goal seeker.
- Excellence producer.
Make a commitment today to add your ideas to the list and make a better tomorrow. Essentially a student needs to see the bigger picture in the choices that are available. Some students coach themselves into making changes and learn to ride the waves of emotion on the path to the attitude of a winner.
Another key to staying focused and objective is not to lose sight of why you are at school in the first place i.e. to learn. Small daily improvements will help you to get through obstacles that try to hold you back. Life has hardships that can be overcome. In fact it’s a passage whereby everyone has the ability to cope and strengthen their character. It is how you handle the passages that matter and everyone has the capability to have the attitude of a winner.
The attitude of a winner will help you in your studies because it will allow you to think outside the box i.e. analyze things from different angles, which contributes to finding solutions. Try the exercises outlined above and you have everything to gain!
Carl Boniface is the founder of StudentsRatings.com. He lives in the U.K. No part of this chapter is intended to diagnose or prescribe medical advice. These are all well-known relaxation techniques.
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