3. Attitudes toward winning

IRATIONAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS WINNING:

  • Winning is the only acceptable goal
  • I am worthwhile and have value only if I win
  • I am strong if I win, and weak if I lose
  • To win is good. To loose is bad
  • Winning is everything

 

An obsession with winning is clearly self-defeating. Even for the professional, this obsession is crippling. Winning is, in fact, everything in professional sports, but the successful athlete has learned all too well that a preoccupation with winning results in poor performance.

PROPER ATTITUDES TOWARDS WINNING:

  • Winning is A goal, not THE Goal
  • My focus is always on doing the best I can, not winning
  • Winning the contest with myself supercedes all other goals
  • I strive to outperform myself not my competitor
  • I have value as a person, independent of the outcome.