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Winning Isn’t Normal: Motivational Monday with Dr. Keith Bell

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Standing on the top of that podium is the ultimate result in any sport. Cliches like: “It takes hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice to win.” scream at you from magazine and book covers, posters and TV commercials.  Although true to a degree, those words never fully addressed that at its fundamentals winning isn’t the norm – timeless wisdom by the famous swimming psychologist Dr. Keith Bell.

Win­ning isn’t nor­mal.  That doesn’t mean there’s any­thing wrong with win­ning. It just isn’t the norm.  It is highly unusual. Every race only has one win­ner.  No mat­ter how many peo­ple are entered (not to men­tion all those who tried and failed to make the cuts), only one per­son (or one relay) wins each event. Win­ning is unusual.  And as such, it requires unusual action. In order to win, you must do extra­or­di­nary things.  You can’t just be one of the crowd.  The crowd doesn’t win.  You have to be will­ing to stand out and act differently. Your actions need to reflect unusual val­ues and pri­or­i­ties.  You have to value suc­cess more than oth­ers do.  You have to want it more. (Now take note! Want­ing it more is a deci­sion you make and act upon — not some inher­ent qual­ity or burn­ing inner drive or inspi­ra­tion!)  And you have to make that value a priority. You can’t train like every­one else. You have to train more and train better. You can’t talk like every­one else. You can’t think like every­one else. You can’t be too will­ing to join the crowd, to do what is expected, to act in a socially accepted man­ner, to do what’s “in.” You need to be will­ing to stand out in the crowd and con­sis­tently take excep­tional action. If you want to win, you need to accept the risks and per­haps the lone­li­ness… because win­ning isn’t normal!”

Excellence is the inevitable part on the road to success. The word itself originates from the French language meaning: outstanding – being above the crowd.

You can’t worry about what other people think. Others don’t value excellence. Others aren’t willing to do what it takes to win.

-Dr. Keith Bell

What would YOU do to become a winner?

Winning Isn’t Normal has been out of print for awhile, however, used copies crop up through [easyazon_link identifier=”0945609019″ locale=”US” tag=”thetalcyc-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link].

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